ELK POINT - Last week’s parade of poster-bearing Elk Point Elementary School students who visited Heritage Lodge was just the beginning of two weeks of random acts of kindness and good will for students on both sides of 51st St.
Across the street from the elementary school, F. G. Miller High School librarian Denise Bjorkman says FGM is “gearing up for a week full of kindness, from RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) bracelets to pledges and even Crusader Kindness Missions daily. The Crusaders of the Realm are recognizing Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, Feb. 24, right in the middle of RAK Week, which runs from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26.”
A Twin Day, where two or more students dress the same, “ends a week of focusing on kindness and caring for the Crusaders,” according to Bjorkman, who adds that even more surprises “will be revealed in the photos after the event.” She and fellow staffer Mrs. Morrison are spearheading this year’s RAK events at FGM.
Pink shirts will also be right in style at Elk Point Elementary on Feb. 26 the school celebrates Pink Shirt Day. Librarian Diane Dewan says students and staff “are encouraged to wear pink on this day.”
While their school marked RAK Week earlier than their high school counterpart, she adds that, “EPE focuses on kindness as an extension to our Bucketfilling Program,” a year-round endeavour at Elk Point Elementary and 16 other Alberta schools who join with nearly 1,900 other schools around the world whose students endeavor to help people of all ages to live happier lives by growing in kindness, self-control, resilience and forgiveness.
Next week also marks another special day at EPE, Dewan says. “On Feb. 24 we are celebrating 100 Days of school, when staff and students are encouraged to dress up as if they are 100 years old.”