Students at l’École des Sept-sommets celebrated Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday.

Rossland francophone students celebrate Pink Shirt Day

Students at l’École des Sept-sommets celebrated Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday and took steps to establish a new buddy system.

Students at l’École des Sept-sommets celebrated Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday and worked on establishing a new buddy system.

The new buddy system will be implemented as part of Kindness Week, and will see older children at the school act as buddies, or super heroes, for the younger children. The older kids are working on super hero costumes they can wear while fulfilling their new role.

“When we unveil the project, the kids will be wearing their costumes so everyone knows that they’re the super heroes and that they can turn to them if they have any issues or problems,” said Marie-Josée Beaulieu, principal.

Students were going to make a video on Wednesday as part of their application for funding to School District 93.

“Each school that submits a project, receives $400 toward the project,” explained Beaulieu. “Why [the district] is giving us some money is because they’re hoping it will have a long lasting effect.”

Students said they’d like to have room where buddies can discuss things in private.

That’s in the works, because it’s also a supervision issue for us, so we’ll see” said Beaulieu.

They’d also like to have a party at the end of the year for everyone involved in the program.

The older students are also preparing for their new roles during their leadership time in class.

“They’ve been working a lot on how to accompany other kids, how to engage them, and make them feel better, listen to them,” said Beaulieu. “But you know, we’ve been clear that they’re not counsellors and that’s not their role. It’s more like being a peer that if someone else has a problem they can turn to them.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Severe storm warning remains in effect for the Kootenays

Two special weather statements have been issued for the West Kootenay

Update: Suspect in Montrose gas station stabbing new to the area

Police say the 30-year-old suspect stabbed a Montrose gas station employee

‘I knew what he wanted’: Man recalls black bear chasing him up tree in Slocan Valley

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

RDKB launches survey to address housing needs in the district

Communities in the district include Trail, Grand Forks, Rossland and Fruitvale

No passenger flights at West Kootenay Regional Airport until at least September

This is the third time Air Canada has announced changes to flight operations out of the airport

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

B.C.’s Central Kootenay region declares state of emergency, issues evacuation orders

The evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Most Read