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Local school board celebrates Pink Shirt Day

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A local school board marked this year’s Pink Shirt Day with several activities and initiatives.

The Near North District School Board set up a virtual presentation from one of the founders of Pink Shirt Day, Travis Price, for students at Woodland, Parry Sound, and Vincent Massey Public Schools. 

Created in 2007 after Price and his friend led their school in wearing pink after hearing about a Grade 9 student who had been bullied for the same thing. Now on the last Wednesday of every February, students, and staff across the district wear pink in support of anti-bullying initiatives.

The board adds this year’s Pink Shirt Day theme is “Lift Each Other Up”, reminding us all of the power behind making positive choices that support diversity and inclusion. 

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In addition, the board also unveiled a new look for its SAFER SCHOOLS! Reporting Tool.

The tool is used to report incidents related to bullying and/or discrimination in an effort to ensure schools are as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible.

When schools become aware of these incidents, the board says steps can be taken to assist all individuals involved to repair the harm and restore the relationship. You can learn more about the tool by visiting the Safe and Accepting Schools page of the NNDSB’s website.

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