If you saw Strathmore students wearing pink today, that is because they are raising awareness about bullying. 

February 28 is “Pink Shirt Day,” a campaign that has gained popularity in Canada and globally. 

The day symbolizes people taking a collective stance against bullying. 

According to the Pink Shirt Day website, the act of wearing pink on this day started back in 2007 in Nova Scotia after a student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. 

The next day, two grade 12 students bought 50 pink shirts and encouraged their classmates to wear the colour and many students showed up to put an end to bullying.

Many Strathmore schools are taking the time to recognize this day and spread awareness. 

A 6-year-old student, Ivy Fitzsimmons, is wearing pink head-to-toe to represent the importance of this day. 

“I’m wearing pink because I want to be kind to everyone,” Fitzsimmons said. 

“Pink Shirt Day is important for the people that get bullied; they know that someone is there to stand up for them,” Fitzsimmons said. 

Fitzsimmons, a student at George Freeman School, says that lots of students are wearing pink today to put an end to bullying. 

“Bullying is bad because it makes people feel sad and is rude.” 

According to Fitzsimmons, it's important to be kind. 

“If someone is not feeling happy, you can say kind things to cheer them up or make a funny face to make them smile,” she said. 

The Government of Alberta has acknowledged Pink Shirt Day and the importance of standing up against bullying. 

“Each and every one of us has the power to make a difference by creating safe and inclusive environments wherever we go. Sometimes it is the smallest actions that make the biggest difference. By demonstrating kindness and modeling healthy relationships with our friends, family, co-workers, and within our community, we can help prevent bullying and the devastating long-term health and social impacts it can have,” said Searle Turton, Minister of Children and Family Services. 

If you are experiencing bullying, you can find help by calling or texting the confidential 24-7 bullying helpline at 310-1818. 

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