Feb 21
Pink Shirt Day

Dear Sibylla Kiddle School Families,

It’s time to journey back to your grade school science class. Do you remember the scientific reason why we see colours? In an oversimplified nutshell, light travels in different wavelengths. When light hits an object, the wavelengths that are reflected become the color we see. I see a red apple because the light reflected off it is of the red wavelength.

Color becomes far more complex than simple wavelengths when we start associating it with different messaging. What do you think of when I say red? Anger? Heat? Good fortune? What about green? Nature? Calm? Movement? Cultures often associate colors with different constructs. These meanings are often so entrenched, we don’t even know where they came from.

For some reason, historically the color pink has come to be associated with girls. As you are likely aware, a number of years ago in Nova Scotia a high school boy wore a pink shirt to school. After considerable bullying ensued, a group of his peers noticed. Quickly they put a plan into action for as many people as possible to wear pink to school as a sign of support. 15+ years later, the movement continues as Pink Shirt Day.

This upcoming Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day. While this day has become synonymous with anti-bullying awareness, as a school we like to reframe the day as one to celebrate kindness. A day to remember that everyone belongs. It doesn’t matter if you wear a pink shirt, green shoes, or a purple hat; you belong and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect at school and in the community. Pink is the color used on that day to remind us of the importance of these actions. Ultimately, pink is nothing more than a wavelength of reflected light. Let’s join together in making pink a tidal wave of good towards others.

Brad Emery


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