April 8, 2014

Peel District School Board goes pink on April 9

Board recognizes Day of Pink to raise awareness of homophobic, transphobic discrimination

On April 9, the Peel District School Board will recognize Day of Pink, the international day to stop homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination in schools and communities. Schools and board sites across Peel will recognize the day with a variety of activities, and by wearing pink.

“At our board, we are committed to fair and equitable treatment of all students and staff,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “We know that for children and teens to learn, they must not only feel safe and cared for, but also comfortable to be who they are. Together, it’s important that we honour days of recognition that value equity and inclusion.”

Day of Pink began when a high school student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. The next day, hundreds of students at his school stood up to bullying and wore pink to school to show their support for diversity.

Chinguacousy Secondary School staff and students will celebrate with a pink cupcake sale to raise money for Kids Help Phone, as well as school announcements and displays. Chinguacousy is located at 1370 Williams Parkway in Brampton. 

In addition to wearing pink, staff and students at Marvin Heights Public School will honour Day of Pink with a choir performance and student presentations at school assemblies. Marvin Heights is located at 7455 Redstone Road in Mississauga.

Students at Mayfield Secondary School will participate in a photobooth activity, where students will photograph messages of support to display across the school. Mayfield is located at 5000 Mayfield Road in Caledon.

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Reference: Kayla Tishcoff, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010, ext. 2239,
[email protected]  

Note to media: Contact Kayla Tishcoff if you wish to visit any of the schools listed above.

 

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