Think pink: students celebrate respect

Schools across the West Shore will celebrate Pink Shirt Day today

Savory elementary students Claire Sim

Students throughout Sooke school district are taking part in Pink Shirt Day activities promoting compassion and speaking out against bullying.

“If people get bullied than people should stand up for everybody and not bully everybody,” said Madeline Sim, a Grade 5 student at Savory elementary school.

“If you get pushed around you might get hurt,” said her sister, Claire Sim, Grade 3, “and if people talk to you meanly and treat you bad.”

All through the month of February Savory students have had the chance to win pink shirts and pink bandanas by answering questions about the anti-bullying campaign. Today Savory students will attend a special assembly on bullying, complete with student presentations of original poems and stories on virtues.

Principal Jane Penn said she likes to focus on the acceptance message, more so than anti-bullying.

“Sometimes you can get stuck on that word. So I like to talk more about how we promote co-operation and kindness and respect and empathy.”

 

A dance instructor created a flashmob routine the entire student body will break into during the assembly. They will dance to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”