On Feb. 24, Crestwood Middle School participated in Pink Shirt Day, an international bullying prevention event sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.
Crestwood was happy to become a part of the event. It is important to continually reinforce that bullying is not acceptable. The Literacy Coalition’s motto is “Waves of Kindness Begin with Reading.”
Pink Shirt Day was organized first in Canada when a boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on his first day of high school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink. They created a “sea of pink” to make a statement to stand up to others.
Most teachers, staff and students from Crestwood wore a pink shirt to reinforce the idea that they were against bullying. The media center and reading teachers shared books that deal with bullying. All students participated in a writing activity that discussed a kindness checklist, and the students discussed how they could put kindness into their daily activities.
It was a fun and educational event for Crestwood students, and one that the school hopes will return each year.
ABOVE: Principal Dr. Stephanie Nance, Vice Principal Melissa Kaliser and teacher Melissa Hunter.