April 11th marks International Day of Pink, when Toronto District School Board staff and students wear pink in support of diversity and to raise awareness to stop discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia, and transphobia. The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open-minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
This year, the TDSB will be getting “Pink at the Rink” with Olympic skater and 2018 Gold and Bronze medalist Eric Radford! Eric will be speaking to students and joining them on the rink for a skate. 18-year-old Canadian Paralympian Marissa Papaconstantinou, TDSB alumnus, will also speak and participate in the free skate.
More than 200 Grade 5 and 6 students of Gordon A Brown Middle School, Selwyn Elementary School, and Presteign Heights Elementary School will be participating in this event and decorating the site with strong and visual images of our students’ commitment to speaking out against bullying, discrimination, and homophobia.
International Day of Pink is celebrated every year at TDSB schools. Everyone can play a role in promoting a positive school climate by taking action to make schools safe and accepting.
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #TDSBpink!
See our video about how TDSB went Pink at the Rink: