Thousands of students from around the Lower Mainland took part in a massive anti-bullying dance at yesterday's Vancouver Giants game at the Pacific Coliseum.
On Monday afternoon, more than 3000 students from over 32 Lower Mainland schools, all wearing pink shirts hidden under their jackets, happily cheered on the Vancouver Giants for the first two periods of the game. Then, during an extended time-out in the second period, the students stood up in their seats, took off their jackets and began dancing in unison to the song "Shooting Star" by Owl City.
Originally starting out as a smaller flash mob, the Pink Day dance at the Giants game has grown into a large-scale initiative incorporating dancers and the participation of dozens schools from all over Metro Vancouver. It is an exciting example of VSB schools, staff and students taking a prominent leadership role on the issue of bullying.
"We wanted to do this in support of Pink Shirt Day, to create an "Awareness Campaign" for Acceptance," says Mette Hamaguchi, Principal at Lord Nelson Elementary and key organizer of the event. "We use the word Acceptance to create a positive desired action, as opposed to the negative. And we want to model the use of social media for good rather than negative."
Also this year, the entire Giants' team also supported the event by wearing pink hockey tape on their sticks and socks, and pink laces on their skates. Other activities included inter-period races with local principals, teachers and parents, and vendors offering "Acceptance" pins and t-shirts in support of the anti-bullying initiative.
Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Students from Lord Nelson and MacCorkindale Elementary Schools talk about what Pink Day means to them (VIDEO).