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April 8, 2013

Peel District School Board goes pink on April 10

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

On April 10, 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 respect differences, and treat everyone fairly and equitably,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “We want our students and staff to learn, work and develop in environments that are nurturing, engaging, respectful and inclusive. 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.

At Chinguacousy Secondary School, staff and students will wear various pink items. They will also participate in an assembly where they will hear from Word Artist Krystle Mullin. Chinguacousy is located at 1370 Williams Parkway in Brampton.

Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School and Parkholme School are joining together for Day of Pink activities. On April 10 at noon, students from both schools will wrap a pink ribbon around the whole school building signifying inclusion of all in both schools. Fletcher’s Meadow and Parkholme are both  located at 10750 Chinguacousy Rd. in Brampton. 

At Ellengale Public School, staff will read a collection of age appropriate picture books that represent diverse families and that promote discussions about gender orientation stereotyping to their classes. Grade 5 and 6 students will tour classes presenting on the topic of homophobic bullying and why Day of Pink started. The school will also make their own Day of Pink posters with photographs of each staff member holding up their favourite Day of Pink book. Find out more information about Ellengale’s Day of Pink activities at http://etfovoice.ca/celebrating-day-of-pink-at-ellengale-p-s/. Ellengale is located at 3480 Ellengale Dr. in Mississauga.

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Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), 905-890-1010, ext. 2098,
scott.lamantia@peelsb.com  

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

 

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