Wear an orange t-shirt on Friday to show that Every Child Matters.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SIM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad's account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
This year Orange Shirt Day falls on a Saturday. At Parkside Montessori we encourage everyone to wear their orange shirts to school on Friday, September 29th to show support of this important event. We also encourage you to check out the special events that will be going on in the Mamawe Concourse– Montrose Cultural Center from 1-5 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 30th.