Rogers, a Grade 4 student at the Corner Brook school, spends a lot of her free time at school knitting up a storm.
So, when her teacher asked her if she could knit pink bracelets for every student and teacher, she was more than happy to oblige.
Her only concern was the workload, so she asked her knitting buddy, Gina LePrieur, to help her.
“She said she couldn’t knit 250 of them, so I offered to help her,” said LePrieur. “So we both did 125 each.”
On Wednesday, all 210 students and all of the teachers and staff will get one of the pink, woven creations to wear as a reminder that bullying will not be tolerated at Sacred Heart.
“It took us about two weeks to do them,” said Rogers, who got into knitting from a book she ordered at school.
“We spent a little bit of time on it almost every day. Sometimes, we did them together and sometimes at our own house.”
Recognized on the last Wednesday of February, Anti-Bullying Day is also known as Pink Shirt Day. Schools, businesses and organizations encourage the wearing of pink as a sign of being against bullying.
A proclamation was signed at Corner Brook’s city hall on Monday, with the event attended by some representatives of the local business community, as well as educational institutions and community organizations.
Frank Humber, principal of Sacred Heart, said the knitted bracelets are a great way to prevent bullying without putting any financial burden on the school, and it ensures that everyone is included.
“We are really proud of Love and Gina for stepping up and volunteering to be a part of something big here in the school,” said Humber.
Besides the assembly where the pink bracelets will be distributed, Sacred Heart will mark the day by providing everyone with pink yogurt at recess time. Then, there will be a series of educational and awareness sessions about bullying prevention with some guest speakers from outside the school.