I’m excited to announce that I will be speaking at Glendon School on Feb 22 for Pink Shirt Day 2017! A K-12 school, Glendon celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2015 and they are located NW of Edmonton. This will be the 3rd year in a row that I’ve spoken on Pink Shirt Day and I’m hoping that things will start off a little better this year than last.
If you remember, last year, 30 minutes before I left for Nackawic Middle School, Davy Whippet was sprayed by a skunk and I got covered after I grabbed him when he ran into the house. Although we both stunk like skunk the rest of the day, not one kid said anything the whole time we were there. Suitable on Pink Shirt Day I figured – for all they knew, Davy and I just had bad body odour and that wouldn’t have been very nice for them to say something about it!
Thanks Janice for having me come to speak on this great day! I cannot wait to share my messages of kindness, acceptance, determination, unplugging and digital literacy with your students, along with teaching them all about the possibilities of frisbee!
About Pink Shirt Day
In 2007, David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.