This woman received a compassion token from a young student on Pink Shirt Day and said she would put it on her fridge. Each token contained a letter written by the student about what compassion means to them. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

Students spread compassion in downtown Courtenay on Pink Shirt Day

Feb. 27 is Pink Shirt Day and in the spirit of the day, Queneesh Elementary students hit the streets of downtown Courtenay to spread compassion to unsuspecting passers-by.

Grade 4 and 5 students partnered with their kindergarten and grade 1 buddies to hand out hand made compassion tokens – each in the shape of a pink shirt and containing a letter of what compassion and kindness mean to them.

Jaylin, a grade 5 student, loved the feeling of bringing happiness to people.

“Someone said that they were going to put the picture up on their fridge,” she said. “Maybe [some people] are having a bad day and this brought them happiness.”

Students have been learning about compassion and bullying in school and approximately 40 students participated in the field trip to put it into practice.


jolene.rudisuela@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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Grade 4 and 5 students joined their kindergarten and grade 1 buddies to pass out compassion tokens to people downtown on Pink Shirt Day. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

Queneesh Elementary students passed out compassion tokens to people downtown on Pink Shirt Day. Each token contained a letter written by the student about what compassion means to them. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

Approximately 40 students participated in the project to spread compassion on Pink Shirt Day. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

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