A sea of pink sweeps across Edmonton Public Schools today

Edmonton Public Schools is participating in Pink Shirt Day today – a day to help raise awareness around bullying. The national anti-bullying campaign started several years ago after a Nova Scotia high school student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The next day, many of his classmates showed up to school wearing pink shirts to take a stand against bullying. The grassroots movement has since spread across Canada and last year, 6.4 million Canadians took part in committing to a bully-free lifestyle.

Here are some of the activities taking place at Edmonton Public Schools on Pink Shirt Day:

• M.E. LaZerte: An assembly will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. with a keynote and student speakers. Students and staff will be wearing pink and taking a pledge against bullying. An aerial photo will be taken at 12:15 p.m. with more than 800 students wearing pink shirts.

• Winterburn: The entire school will be wearing pink.

• Lillian Osborne: Students will be wearing pink and student-made buttons. There will also be a movie night hosted by the Grad Council.

• McNally: The Grad Council is holding a pink bake sale and raffle from 11:48 a.m. to 12:33 p.m.

• W.P. Wagner: The Grad Council will be handing out pink candy and cards.

• Centre for Education: Staff will gather in the Atrium for a “pink dot” photo at 12:50 p.m.

For more information on Pink Shirt day, visit: www.pinkshirtday.ca.