Today our school community participated in Pink Shirt Day! If you are unfamiliar with the story of Pink Shirt Day, here is a quick video to show what the day is all about:
This story brought up great conversation in our classroom. Some of the comments that were made were things like, "Boys don't usually wear pink but it doesn't mean they are not allowed to," "That shirt made him unique!" "I bet that really hurt his feelings when the bullies did that" and "Wow 50 t-shirts is a lot. That was a nice thing to do!" We further discussed their questiosn and comments to realize that we wear Pink Shirts to take a stand against bullying. We should stand-up against bullies not just today but everyday.
After watching the video and discussing the Big Idea, we decided to make a Pink Shirt Day promise. We made four promises and signed our name around as a contract. These promises came right from the kiddos brains. I am truly touched by their understanding, thoughts and empathy.
For every promise made, we beaded a pink bead onto a pink pipe cleaner. The kiddos picked a special spot (lunch kit of back pack) that they see frequently to remind them of the promises they made. It also serves as an opportunity for our little leaders to teach other's about Pink Shirt Day and anti-bullying when questioned about their beads.