VES stands up to bullying on ‘Pink Shirt Day’

by Nicole Flores Vogelweh Elementary School

Photo by Nicole Flores  LaShay Hunter (far left), Avery Perusich (middle left), Megan Bell (middle right) and Cadence Bramlett wear pink to unite against bullying.

Photo by Nicole Flores
LaShay Hunter (far left), Avery Perusich (middle left), Megan Bell (middle right) and Cadence Bramlett wear pink to unite against bullying.

On Jan. 28, Vogelweh Elementary School was a sea of pink. VES students, teachers and faculty stood united by wearing pink to say “NO!” against bullying. The day started with a guitar and singing performance by fourth-grader Alora Kingery followed by a variety of skits by student leadership and Oona Delaney’s third-grade class, diorama presentations by fifth-graders in Sarah Wedlaw’s and Alvina Cooley’s classes, and a sign language song by student leadership led by Amy Ennis.

Why pink? “Pink Shirt Day” got its start in Nova Scotia when two high school students saw a student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The two students intervened but wanted to do more to prevent bullying, so they decided to purchase pink shirts. A few days later, they got everyone at school to stand in solidarity by wearing pink, resulting in the entire school coming together to stop bullying. People wear pink on these days to remember that positive actions make a difference, and each one of us can make positive changes to end bullying.

Photo by Nicole Flores Vogelweh Elementary School students designed posters encouraging students to stand up against bullying.

Photo by Nicole Flores
Vogelweh Elementary School students designed posters encouraging students to stand up against bullying.

Photo by Jennifer Barnes The Vogelweh Elementary Student Leadership Club performs a song in sign language during “Pink Shirt Day” at Vogelweh Elementary School.

Photo by Jennifer Barnes
The Vogelweh Elementary Student Leadership Club performs a song in sign language during “Pink Shirt Day” at Vogelweh Elementary School.