Students asked to ERASE bullies

2018 poster campaign kicks off for youth

Richmond secondary school students are once again being encouraged to showcase their creative side by submitting a poster or video to be used in the 2018 ERASE bullying campaign.

Submissions are being accepted until Monday, Nov. 20 and are to be multicultural and multigenerational in design, showcasing Richmond as a respectful, safe, caring and connected community that values individual differences.

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“The City of Richmond Youth Service Plan identifies that ongoing participation in anti-bullying week is a priority to increase awareness about this issue,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This poster and video campaign works to engage the community — especially our youth — in this important message that promotes kindness, positive social behaviour and mutual support.”

This is the third year for this contest coordinated by the City of Richmond and School District No. 38 through the Respectful City Committee.

This opportunity is open to all Richmond youth in grades eight through 12 who meet the contest submission criteria found at Richmond.ca/Youth under “Youth Initiatives.”

A selection panel will review all submissions and select one poster design and one video to help promote ERASE bullying and a respectful city throughout the community, online and through social media leading up to anti-bullying week and Pink Shirt Day in February 2018.

“Pink Shirt Day” originated in 2007 when two Nova Scotia Secondary students gave pink shirts to people in their school to wear in protest, after discovering a younger student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

This day has evolved into a nationwide awareness campaign to ERASE bullying.

For more information, contact Krista Germyn, Youth Services Coordinator, at 604-276-4110 or Kgermyn@Richmond.ca.

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