Pink Shirt Day–February 24

Palm Beach County
February 24, 2016


Join the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and its team of non-profit partners for a county-wide celebration of this international event! Wear a pink shirt on February 24 to support bullying prevention programs like ours that use character based education to help "turn bullies into buddies."  

Please print and circulate our invitation to Palm Beach County Residents, Educators, Students and Parents!  

Pink Shirt Day is an international bullying prevention event which originated in Canada when a boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on his first day at high school. Bystanders came to school the next day wearing pink. They created a ‘Sea of Pink’ to make a statement to stand up for others. In Palm Beach County, thousands of children and adults prepare for Pink Shirt Day with an annual local educational theme and event coordinated by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Turning Bullies into Buddies program* and celebrate Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink on the last Wednesday in February.

Pink Shirt Day is about making a difference! This year’s theme is: Waves of Kindness across Palm Beach County!

Pink Shirt Day T-Shirts!  LOW PRICE!
Official Palm Beach County Pink T-Shirts on sale!  Prices as low as $4.00 per shirt.  Printable Flyer and Order form. Sale ends 2/15/16. Optional: Add your organization, afterschool program’s or school’s name to an Official Pink Shirt Day 2016 T-Shirt! 

PBSO Deputies or High School Students Will Help Celebrate Pink Shirt Day at your School
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SDPBC high school students have volunteered to come and support celebrations of Pink Shirt Day at schools or afterschool programs across the county!!! These guest speakers will talk to a group of your children about the importance of “Standing Up for Others.” The speakers are available FREE of charge. Some deputies have also offered to assist with the Community Tunnels of Kindness Activity from the Wave of Kindness Toolkit: Week 4.

To request a deputy or student, please contact Marcia Bahia at bahiam@pbso.org no later than February 9th.

 

CATCH A WAVE OF KINDNESS:
TIMELINE and TOOLKIT for PINK SHIRT DAY 2016!

 

Start Today!
Order Supplies from the Waves of Kindness Toolkit: Materials List 
Review the Suggested Schedule
Plan to enjoy as many books and activities as you can. 
Plan your t-shirt order. Sale Ends February 15th

February 1
City of Greenacres Council Meeting
Proclamation and Pink Shirt Day artists acknowledged
7 p.m.     
5800 Melaleuca Lane – (west of Haverhill)
Greenacres, FL 33463


February 1-6 Kindness Matters Week!
Read and enjoy activities and handouts from the Waves of Kindness Toolkit: Week 1

February 4
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Pre-Event Awareness Appearance – City of West Palm Beach Clematis by Night

February 7-15  Spreading Kindness Week!
Read and enjoy activities and handouts from the Waves of Kindness Toolkit: Week 2

Before February 9                
Make a request for Suncoast student or PBSO deputy, contact Marcia Bahia at bahiam@pbso.org no later than February 9th.

February 9
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event 
Weight of Words- Performance and Talk Back Sessions
This anti-bullying performance …serves as a “call to action” for Schools and Communities.
ADMISSION IS FREE! Bring family members 12 years & up

February 14-20 Anonymous Kindness Week! Read and enjoy activities and handouts from the Waves of Kindness Toolkit: Week 3

February 16
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event
3:30 pm
Dare to Care
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop. Feb 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Celebrate by listening to stories about friendship and making a craft. You'll receive a button and certificate to show you learned how to make a difference in your school, home and community! 
Ages 4-7. (45 min.) Preregister
Main Library
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL  33406
561-233-2600

February 17
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event –Prime Time Palm Beach County Pink Shirt Day Walk

February 18
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event
Thrilling Thursday Story Times
10:00 a.m.
Stories, music and creative activities for children and their parents. 
Ages 3-5. (45 min.) Preregister
Theme: Kindness
Loula V. York Branch
525 Bacom Point Road
Pahokee, FL  33476
561-924-5928

February 20
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event
Super Saturday Story Times
Themed stories and creative activities for children and their parents. 
Ages 2-5. (45 min.) Preregister
Loula V. York Branch
525 Bacom Point Road
Pahokee, FL  33476
561-924-5928
Theme: Kindness

February 21-23 Pink Shirt Day! 
Choose activities to celebrate Pink Shirt Day from Waves of Kindness Toolkit: Week 4

February 24
Wear Pink! Celebrate PINK SHIRT DAY!
 

February 24
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Event
3:00 pm
Choose Kindness Movement: "Wonder," by R.J. Palacio
With all the bullies in the world, let’s come together to find ways to choose to be kind to one another. We will be doing crafts and activities to help us find ways to choose kindness. Ages 8-11. (60 min.) Preregister.
Main Library
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL  33406
561-233-2600

Before, After and During Pink Shirt Day
Tweet pictures to #literacypbc.org or email stories to nbirardi@literacypbc.org

Who are our featured guest speakers for Pink Shirt Day?

Josh Yandt, ‘The Doorman’ will help Palm Beach County Celebrate Kindness at our Focus Schools!  

Josh Yandt was bullied. After his father passed away, he became even more depressed and anxious. He lost all hope. Feeling invisible and unwanted, Josh’s family moved and he started at a new high school. On his first day at his new school, he mustered all of his courage and made a change in his life. He chose one gesture of kindness he could do over and over again. He decided to hold doors for classmates. Day after day, he held doors open in the morning, at lunch and after school.

At first, his classmates thought he was strange, but he stuck with it.  Eventually, the other students grew to love Josh and his gesture of opening doors for others. By the end of high school, Josh was voted most popular student and crowned Prom King!

Josh is a genuinely kind person and it showed.  For the first time in his life, classmates were nice to him.  Opening doors made the bullying stop.  His gesture of kindness, as simple as it was, changed him and it started to change others too! He found purpose, meaning and a sense of belonging.  Josh wants to help others find their gesture of kindness too. See the Literacy Coalition's Find Your Gesture of Kindness handout. 

For more information about Josh, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UumtYwiCWes

 

Ronald McDonald

When Ronald McDonald speaks about bullying prevention, children are mesmerized by his message.  By engaging students with laughter, he communicates what children need to hear!

Ronald will be out on Pink Shirt Day to help us celebrate the value of standing up for others!

 



 

We are pleased to announce Michael Rose, founder of Rose Capital Advisors in Miami Beach, will speak at Berkshire Elementary Afterschool program on Pink Shirt Day! A dynamic speaker, Mr. Rose will share how he has overcome obstacles and adversity in his childhood and young adult life. Today, Mr. Rose’s advisory firm serves an exclusive group of distinctive clients, including professional athletes and high net-worth individuals. He is very active in the community and a member of board of the Mourning Family Foundation, former board member of Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and serves numerous other philanthropic organizations. Join us afterschool on Pink Shirt Day to hear this local accomplished professional inspire youth, parents and staff with his message.


 

Announcing our Focus Schools and Afterschool Programs for 2016!
Focus Schools:

 

  • Diamond View Elementary (DVE) Artistic students created the illustration for this year’s official Palm Beach County Pink Shirt Day T-Shirt! Throughout the Fall, after school students were reading with the Turning Bullies into Buddies program. All students are working with the school’s Fine Arts Department to complete the week-by-week Waves of Kindness toolkit. Ronald McDonald and Josh Yandt, ‘The Doorman’ will make an appearance on Pink Shirt Day.
  • Santaluces High School (SHS) is working with the Literacy Coalition to plan an event.

 

Focus Afterschool Programs:

 

  • Berkshire Elementary Afterschool Programs Throughout the fall, students read with the Turning Bullies into Buddies program. Throughout the winter, students and staff are using the week-by-week Waves of Kindness toolkit to prepare for the event.  Josh Yandt, ‘The Doorman’, will make an appearance on Pink Shirt Day.
  • Bright Futures Child Development Center, Inc. Students are reading and enjoying activities prior to Pink Shirt Day.  Twenty of their children will make a special appearance at the South Florida parade. Parents and community partners are planning to attend the fair to cheer them on! Ronald McDonald may bring a special afterschool meal and make an appearance on Pink Shirt Day.
  • City of West Palm Beach, South Olive Community Center A kick-off event will take place starting at noon on February 23. Stay tuned for details.

 

Special Thanks to:

Contributing sponsors for our 2016 literature-based learning campaign:

 

 

 

Contributing Sponsors for our 2016 event:

   

 

 

Our Collaborative Community Partners:

  • Palm Beach County School District
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
  • Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department
  • Palm Beach County Library System
  • City of Greenacres
  • Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Thank you to our partners for the following events:

January 24
Pink Shirt Day Community Partner Pre-Event Awareness Appearance –The South Florida Fair Parade    

Thank you to our Turning Bullies into Buddies program funding agencies:



*Turning Bullies into Buddies is made possible with support from Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc. which receives significant funding from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.