The international observance started in Canada when a teen boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink to make a statement and to stand up for others. The Literacy Coalition is calling upon organizations, schools and businesses across the county to wear pink on Wednesday in support of bullying prevention programs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), one in three students say they have been bullied at school. However, school bullying-prevention programs can decrease bullying up to 25 percent, according to DHHS.
This year’s theme for Pink Shirt Day is “Gratitude is the Attitude.” Pink Shirt Day celebrations will be held at several locations, including Greenacres Youth Programs, 501 Martin Avenue from 2;40 to 4:30 p.m., where children will be greeted by Mayor Sam Ferreri, receive snacks and play games.
For more information, visit www.literacypbc.org or call 561-279-9103.