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Keeseekoowenin School in Pink

April 10th, 2013 marked the International Day of Pink. It was a day when communities across the country and across the world united to celebrate diversity, and raise awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia and all forms of bullying.

This year Keeseekoowenin School celebrated their first ever “Day of Pink.” All students and staff participated in a variety of activities including watching videos on bullying; Grade 1 – 4 students held a poster contest; Grade 5 – 8 students held an essay contest; and all students did a walk-a-thon. After reading all the essays and observing all the posters, Principal Audrey Blackbird decided that every entry was a winner and rewarded the students with a movie and popcorn in the gym. Each student was also given a pink T-shirt. To help purchase the T-shirts, Keeseekoowenin School made its first School Wide Cook Book. Cookbooks were sold for $5.00 each.

The School decided that next year it would like to see all of Keesee’s businesses participating in “The Day of Pink”. The School also plans to have more ideas and fun activities for students to participate in.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic and transphobic bullying.

The message was clear: anyone can bully, anyone can be a victim of bullying, but together we can stop it. Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference, and that the change starts with each one of us.