Students wear pink to make a statement against bullying

Terry Roberts
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Provincial government hands out safe and caring school awards

Students at Davis Elementary in Carbonear staged a handful of events to raise awareness about bullying and harassment. Many of those events were spearheaded by the school's bullying awareness group, which is comprised primarily of Grade 5 students. Member of the group include: Front (l-r) — Zachary Wheadon, Madison Short, Zachary Dooley, Logan Clarke, Erin Hiscock, Leah Clarke; second row — Brandon Turnbull, Daniel Hynes, Rachel Snow, Cahley Warren, Amy Lynn Penney; third row — Jillian Pilgrim, Chelsea Ngungu, Brooke Piercey, Autumn Griffin-Lambert, Brooke Higdon, Denicka Baker; fourth row — Alexa Evely, Kendra Mutry, Zachary Murray, Kayla Pynn, Rebecca Whelan, Haley Somers, Mark Burke, David Lee, Maggie Moriarty, Devon Mullaly, Sarah Powell and Samantha Mutrey-Swain. Missing were Hailey Pike and Abigail Squires.

Many students and staff at schools throughout the province were wearing pink on Wednesday, Feb. 27 as part of a nationwide "Stand Up" to Bullying Day.

In this region, schools like Davis Elementary in Carbonear staged a handful of events to raise awareness about bullying and harassment.

Many of those events were spearheaded by the school's bullying awareness group (see attached photo), which is comprised primarily of Grade 5 students.

It was also announced today that six schools in this region have won Safe and Caring Schools Special Project Awards.

They include Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts for a project called "High to Success;" Carbonear Collegiate for "Carbonear Collegiate ME Mentors;" Epiphany Elementary in Heart's Delight-Islington, Acreman Elementary in Green's Harbour and Perlwin Elementary in Winterton for "Monthly Character Education;" and Holy Redeemer Elemementary in Spaniard's Bay for "Respect Week; Reinforcing our Behaviour Matrix."

Education Minister Clyde Jackman announced during a ceremony in Marystown today that a total of 43 schools had been awarded a Safe and Caring Schools Special Project Award, valued at up to $500.

These awards are in recognition of creative efforts to promote schools as safe and caring places to learn and grow. The award funding, totalling $21,500, is being used for a wide range of activities to promote inclusion and respect, such as drama, musical and multi-media productions, visual art projects or awareness days.

Geographic location: Carbonear, Madison

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