It was a Sea of Pink as schools spread kindness in #LiftEachOtherUp campaign

student wearing pink shirts

Feb. 27, 2020

Students at PVNC schools joined students around the world in wearing pink shirts to show solidarity against bullying on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for Pink Shirt Day.

At St. Patrick CES in  Peterborough, for example, a total of 264 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 and staff focused on being kind to one another, under the theme “Lift Each Other Up.”

The original event was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, N.S., who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after Grade 9 boy Jadrien Cota was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during his first day of high school.

Since then, the idea has grown each year, with worldwide support and participation. Countries across the globe are now organizing anti-bullying fundraisers of their own, including Japan, New Zealand, China and Panama.

Last year, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations.