Reeves College students and staff members stood up to bullying by joining a sea of pink across Alberta and around the world. All five campuses took part in Pink Shirt Day on February 27th by holding uplifting activities in the classroom and raising nearly $700 for charity.
Pink Shirt Day is an annual anti-bullying campaign that aims to spread kindness in schools and workplaces. It started in Nova Scotia when a group of high school students handed out pink shirts to show support for a fellow student who was being harassed for wearing pink.
This year, the focus of Pink Shirt Day is cyberbullying, which has been fuelled by the rise of social media. Organizers encourage people of all ages to “THINK” before they post by asking themselves if their comments are “True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind.”
For Pink Shirt Day at Reeves College, students and staff members wore pink t-shirts, brainstormed anti-bullying slogans, and shared t-shirt-shaped cookies covered with pink frosting.
The funds raised by Reeves College will be provided to the CKNW Kids’ Fund, which supports a variety of youth anti-bullying programs such as Kids Help Phone and Red Cross Canada. Pink Shirt Day fundraising benefitted more than 59,000 children and youth in 2018.
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