The Zone kids raise awareness about bullying

Boys and Girls Club’s after school program recognizing Pink T-Shirt Day today by giving out cookies to people in the downtown core.

Students ages seven to 12 who participate in the Boys and Girls Club’s after school program The Zone are recognizing Pink T-Shirt Day today by giving out cookies to people in the downtown core.

The cookies come with an anti-bullying message.

Pre-teen activity co-ordinator Crystal Innes says the children have also enthusiastically decorated their individual pink T-shirts with messages urging people to stop the bullying.

“As a group we will be walking through the downtown core to hand out a cookie that will have a small attachment of statistics and how to deal with this common problem,” Innes says.

“These children have all experienced bullying at one time or another and have committed to creating awareness and trying to make a difference in their community.”

Although Pink T-Shirt Day is a one-day event today, Feb. 26, the Boys and Girls Club encourages children to stand up for their friends and themselves in these situations all the time, Innes says.

“As a  youth worker in this community, I believe that it is imperative that children trust that they can get help through adults and programs.”