Rainbow Schools wear pink on Stand Up Against Bullying Day

C.C. McLean students and teachers sport their pink in support of the Rainbow District School Board Stand Up Against Bullying campaign.

MANITOULIN – Staff and students in Rainbow District School Board (RDSB) schools, including all those on Manitoulin Island wore pink on Thursday, September 12 as the board marked its 12th annual Stand Up Against Bullying Day.

“This small gesture, which has become a tradition in Rainbow Schools, demonstrates our collective commitment to safe schools,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “We invite the entire community to join us as we wear pink on Thursday, September 12.”

“By nurturing a strong partnership between the school, the home and the community, Rainbow Schools ensure that students receive an education that includes personal, social and citizenship development. We are leaders in learning and inspiring success for all students by reaching minds and touching hearts,” said Mr. Blaseg.

Ten character traits which are modeled, taught and expected in Rainbow Schools provide the foundation for ongoing character development and the values of the board: honesty, respect, empathy, responsibility, integrity, courtesy, resilience, acceptance, courage and co-operation. The many character development programs and activities in Rainbow Schools complement the board’s code of conduct, which promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.

Stand Up Against Bullying Day began in Nova Scotia where secondary school students Travis Price and David Shepherd arranged for dozens of their classmates to wear pink shirts in support of another student who had been bullied for wearing pink. The province of Nova Scotia subsequently declared the second Thursday at the start of every school year to be Stand Up Against Bullying Day.

A person is a person, no matter how small. These tiny folks are taking part in the Stand Up Against Bullying campaign.

“The actions of these two young men, along with their fellow students who wore pink to school in support of another student, reverberated across Canada and in Rainbow Schools,” said board chair Doreen Dewar. RDSB’s parent involvement committee championed the cause. Trustees unanimously endorsed the following motion and continue to support and encourage this positive initiative: “that (RDSB) declare the second Thursday of each new school year commencing September 11, 2008 as ‘Stand Up Against Bullying Day.’ Further, we encourage all Rainbow students and staff to conduct activities that day to increase awareness and to support action and, to wear something pink to demonstrate their support and commitment to ending bullying in our schools and communities.”