The source file is in the Intranet. Any change made to this page will be overwritten by the update from Intranet.
Article and photos by Jared Story
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Biff Tannen,
a Nelson Muntz, or any Mean Girls at Meadows West School.
On April 11, the entire Meadows West
student body, decked out in pink T-shirts, gathered in the school’s gym for a
Day of Pink assembly.
Day of Pink is an international
anti-bullying event that originated in 2007 at Central Kings Rural High School
in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. Central Kings students David Shepherd and Travis
Price distributed 50 pink shirts to their fellow students after Grade 9 student
Charles McNeill was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of
A group of Grade 4 students led Meadows
West’s Day of Pink assembly, which included a video and a dramatic presentation
on how to spot and stop bullying.
“At Meadows West school we are bully free,”
said Sydnee, one of the students who helped lead the Day of Pink assembly.
“Words like ‘cooperative’, ‘kindness’, ‘caring’
and ‘equality’, these are words we want everyone to experience here at our
school,” said fellow student Breanne. “Today is a special day where we talk
about bullying and how to make sure that it doesn’t happen at our school. It
also helps us figure out the ways to stop it if we see it happening.”
The presenters led their peers in chanting
the Meadows West motto: “We learn, we do our best, we treat each other with
respect. We are Meadows West.”
They also recited the following school pledge:
“I promise to make sure every single person
feels included and welcome. I promise to stand up for anybody who needs help and
to spread kindness everywhere I go. I promise to be proud of who I am and to
respect others for who they are. I promise to notice how others are feeling and
to take action if they are not feeling well. It is my job to make sure everybody
belongs at Meadows West School.”
Meadows West principal Roger Le Grand said yearly
school surveys continually report that Meadows West is bully-free.
“I consider that an honour, to teach such
caring children that demonstrate what we teach them at school,” he said.
Meadows West was one of many schools across
WSD that marked the Day of Pink with assemblies and special programming. The events are
part of positive behaviour programming that happens every day in schools.
Other participating schools included
Greenway (pictured, above and below), who also took the time to thank Winnipeg Police
Service School Resource Officer Doug Jones, who is moving to another unit with
the WPS. Cst. Jones said it was fitting to talk with students on Day of Pink, as
he was bullied as a child.
“Before I came to this unit, I couldn’t get
in front of people and talk like this, because I was bullied and how it made me
feel,” Cst. Jones said. “But then I came here. Being with the kids, I saw how
great they could be coming up in front of an audience and talking, singing and
dancing…it inspired me. Being in this unit has made me a better person.”