Pictured are Kimberley RCMP Sgt. Chris Newel (left) with student Jaymie (right) on Pink Shirt Day at Selkirk Secondary School (submitted file).

Pictured are Kimberley RCMP Sgt. Chris Newel (left) with student Jaymie (right) on Pink Shirt Day at Selkirk Secondary School (submitted file).

Kimberley schools raise awareness of bullying with Pink Shirt Day

Kimberley schools participated in Pink Shirt Day this week to help raise awareness about bullying. Pink shirt day is an initiative that aims to not only raise awareness of bullying in schools, workplaces, homes and online, but also raise funds to support programs that help children’s self-esteem.

People across the country (and globe) are encouraged to show that they do not tolerate bullying by wearing a pink shirt.

According to pinkshirtday.ca, since 2008 over $1.8 million in proceeds has been distributed to support youth anti-bullying programs in B.C. and throughout western Canada. In 2018 alone, Pink Shirt Day supported programs that impacted more than 59,000 youth and children.

Selkirk Secondary students and staff held an anti-bullying assembly on on February 27, which is the official date for Pink Shirt Day. McKim raised awareness in a similar fashion, holding their own Pink Shirt Day on Thursday, February 28.