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Wednesday will be a sea of pink at local schools

PECI Panthers will participate in International Day of Pink on Wednesday. – File photo

Schools and workplaces will be a sea of pink on Wednesday, April 11 for International Day of Pink.

Day of Pink has been recognized at the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board for almost 10 years. Students, employees and community members wear pink to demonstrate their shared belief in celebrating inclusivity, diversity and acceptance at schools, workplaces and communities. Wearing pink also acknowledges and offers support to the ongoing efforts to increase awareness of bullying prevention initiatives, homophobia, racism and all forms of hatred.

The theme this year is Choose Kind. The T-shirts feature the words ‘In a world where you can be anything, choose kind.’ They were sold for $6 through support of local sponsors who helped offset the costs: CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), ETFO (Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario), OPC (Ontario Principals’ Council), and OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation).

“Promoting character development and leadership through acceptance, equity and inclusivity are priorities at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board,” said Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer with the board.

Students have participated in several leadership and learning events this school year including Orange Shirt Day, to recognize and honour people who attended residential schools; Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week; Poverty Challenge Quinte, focusing on local poverty issues and Race and Racism: Igniting Student Voice designed to empower students to be leaders and advocates for change.

The board’s ‘Say and Do Nice Things’ campaign encourages people to do welcoming behaviours, such as smiling, saying ‘hi’ and asking how things are going outside of school.

The Uncovering Our Bias diversity workshop (for educators and support staff), focuses on reflecting on current practices in equity and inclusivity

On April 30, will be ‘Ignite the Fire’, a student symposium to learn about Indigenous issues and cultures from Indigenous people to gain a better understanding and a sense of empowerment to make a positive change as learners and leaders.

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    What a wonderful initiative for our young people to be part of. I don’t think we ever need to worry about them growing up and not knowing what the important things in life are. A special thanks and recognition to the teachers, staff and Bd. of Ed for leading the way for ten years!

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