Thousands of students across Saskatchewan, including students from Glen Elm Community School and St. Angela Merici Elementary School in Regina, are wearing a pink T-shirt branded with “Be Someone’s Hero” during K+S Pink Day on Wednesday.
By wearing the shirt, students are raising awareness against bullying and inspiring others to stand up for those being bullied.
“K+S Pink Day encourages us to speak up when bullying occurs,” said Gordon Wyant, deputy premier and minister of education.
“It reminds us that we should all be treated with respect in the classroom, on the playground, and online no matter our differences.”
For the last five years, K+S Potash Canada has been working with the Canadian Red Cross to help the province’s youth learn how to recognize, prevent and respond to situations of bullying.
“The work the Canadian Red Cross is doing to help educate young people on bullying prevention will provide safer, brighter futures for Saskatchewan’s youth,” said Maeghan Dubois, K+S Potash Canada‘s manager of communications and corporate affairs.
“We are incredibly proud that our partnership for K+S Pink Day will allow this work to continue, not just today, but throughout the year.”
For every K+S Pink Day shirt sold, Red Cross says they can reach one student with the information needed to address bullying behaviour safely.
“By wearing pink on Feb. 27, you are showing your support for those affected by bullying,” said Cindy Fuchs, Red Cross vice-president.
“Bullying is one of the biggest issues our kids are facing. Through awareness initiatives like K+S Pink Day, we are helping kids learn how to prevent and address bullying behaviour.”
Red Cross said a recent survey showed 93 per cent of Canadian students would help someone if they saw them being bullied.