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Players with the Charlottetown Islanders hope to do their part to end bullying in schools and across Prince Edward Island. Over the next three weeks, Islanders players and staff will visit numerous English and French Language schools across the Island to discuss the effects of bullying on today's students and what can be done to eliminate it.
Charlottetown's QMJHL hockey team taking anti-bullying campaign to schools across province
The Charlottetown Islanders hockey club is taking its anti-bullying campaign to Prince Edward Island schools.
The campaign, launched in conjunction with P.E.I. Crime Stoppers, kicked off with a visit to École Evangeline.
Over the next three weeks, Islanders players and staff will visit numerous English and French Language schools across the Island to discuss the effects of bullying on today's students and what can be done to eliminate it.
“Bullying is not good for anybody,” says Islanders goalie Mason McDonald.
“There are lots of tragic stories that come from bullying and most stories remain untold. It is great that we can go out and deliver our message throughout the community in hopes of stopping bullying.”
The school visits are in conjunction with an awareness contest launched by P.E.I. Crime Stoppers, which is partnering with the English and French Language School Boards, as well as contest sponsors ADL and the Charlottetown Islanders.
This year’s contest focuses on the Pink Shirt Campaign.
Students are asked to design a T-shirt promoting awareness, understanding and openness about the problem of bullying and to commit to standing up against it.
Students who wish to compete should submit a design for the 2015 P.E.I. Pink Shirt to P.E.I. Crime Stoppers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by today.
On Feb. 26, the Islanders will also host a Pink Shirt Day game.
Chosen entries will be on display during the game and a group of selected judges will choose the winner during the second intermission.
Trent Birt, vice-president of operations for the Charlottetown Islanders, said the hockey club is excited about being a part of this initiative.
“We recognize the devastating impact bullying can have on today's youth,” said Birt.
“We are proud to be playing a part in raising awareness on the effects of bullying and why it must end. Our players are looking forward to going out and sharing their message to students across Prince Edward Island.”
Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Phil Pitts said they are hoping that by working with the students and schools they can raise the
awareness of the effects of bullying.
“We believe that by doing this all students will be more comfortable and confident in standing up for themselves, supporting others and knowing where to turn for help if they are victims of bullying. Young people certainly do not stand alone and the involvement of the school boards, ADL and the Charlottetown Islanders is indicative of this support.”