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“I think what School District 60 does – all the teachers and students getting together is huge,” says Councillor Trevor Bolin. “You see a lot of stories on social media that may not have those same systems that you guys do – so hats off to you.”

This Wednesday is National Pink Shirt Day, and as such, Robert Ogilvie Elementary has quite the day ahead of them.

“We have an assembly starting at 9:00 a.m. where we will be showcasing some of the students’ work and learning around anti-bullying and Pink Shirt Day,” explains Principal of Robert Ogilvie Kathy Schek. “We will also have Morgan who is a student from North Peace [Secondary School] come do an interpretative dance, and we will be presenting the students the proclamation from the city for Pink Shirt Day.”

The young students have been working towards Pink Shirt Day by using iMovie, creating raps, and learning how to be something more than a bystander, according to Schek.

“We talk to kids about being ‘bucket-fillers’ not ‘bucket-dippers,’” Schek goes on to explain to council. “And that just means that you do acts of kindness, and things to help students and your friends fill-up rather than empty-out.”

Bucket-filling has been a theme in Robert Ogivile for three years now, and is recognized to the point that kindergartners understand its meaning, says Schek.

In anticipation of Pink Shirt Day, Schek says students have been encouraged to participate in acts of kindness, wear a pink shirt to school, and to be a “good citizen.”

There were also two students from Robert Ogivile and Duncan Cran in attendance on Monday’s City Council meeting to present their anti-bullying poems.

Follow this link for more anti-bullying resources.

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