School : Stonewall Collegiate Institute
In April 2011 the Grade 11 Family Studies class at SCI was studying healthy/unhealthy relationships. The topic of bullying came to the forefront. Students became very animated when it came to the issues and impact of bullying on individuals and families. The students collectively decided they wanted to do something to raise awareness and stop bullying.
As a group, the students started doing some research and stumbled upon the RespectED website. One of the initiatives that caught students' attention was Pink Shirt Day. The students decided to hold a Pink Shirt Day at SCI. They had four days to put it together in order to piggy back on the efforts of other provinces.
T-shirts were designed, created, and sold. Daily announcements were made to increase awareness on the topic. On Wednesday, April 13, Stonewall Collegiate saw a fantastic turn out of pink ~ those who didn't purchase T-shirts found their own pink outfits in support of the cause. It was very powerful. Students felt they were successful in raising awareness in the school and community as well.
All funds raised were donated to the Red Cross Beyond the Hurt Program.
On February 23, 2012, the director of the Beyond The Hurt Program invited SCI to send a representation of students to a youth leadership conference called "Power for the Positive." Two teachers and nine students were fortunate to spend the day at various workshops learning about creating a positive school community. We were also there for the announcement of Manitoba's own Pink Shirt Day. Stonewall Collegiate will be one of over 75 schools registered for this provincial initiative ~ a partnership between Red Cross and Royal Bank of Canada. All schools are encouraged to participate and show our stand against bullying.
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