CCRSB students, staff ready for 2016 Stand Up. Speak Out. Day of Action

Media Release: 
Monday, September 12, 2016

Day of Action Happening on Thursday, September 15th

The countdown is on to Stand Up. Speak Out. 2016, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s (CCRSB) day of action to raise awareness, conversation and action to promote Social Justice and healthy relationships!

 “The message for Stand Up. Speak Out. has grown and shifted since it was first introduced in 2013,” said CCRSB Superintendent Gary Adams. “When we started the focus really was squarely on anti-bullying, and how to tackle the issue from a relationship perspective. Now we are asking the whole CCRSB community to take a step forward, to stretch their thinking and to begin to have a really important conversation about Social Justice and what that really means for our system.”

To give students and staff a common touch point and understanding about Social Justice, the school board is again incorporating the theme, “What’s in your backpack?” for this school year. 

“We all carry invisible backpacks made up of all kinds of things, our likes and dislikes, our passions and our challenges,” said Adams. “Those backpacks also carry bigger issues like our class, our gender, our sexual orientation, our abilities, and our race. As a community, we all have a responsibility to try and understand and accept what’s in someone else’s backpack, not judge them for it.”

Acceptance and understanding leads to healthy relationships, and those relationships help stop the negative actions that can lead to bullying. Healthy relationships, acceptance and understanding are all part of CCRSB’s Social Justice Framework.

CCRSB is asking all students to tell us, what’s in their backpacks; to tell us what makes them who they are. Students are invited to write a poem, draw a picture or poster, take a selfie, create a short video…do whatever they want to show us what’s in their backpack!

Submissions will be posted to the CCRSB website, Facebook page and Twitter feed Wednesdays, throughout the school year, to keep the message going in classrooms, offices and at special events.

Submissions can be sent by email to SocialJustice@ccrsb.ca, via Twitter to @CCRSB_Official, posted to the CCRSB Facebook page, by fax to 902-897-8989 or by mail to the attention of Debbie Buott-Matheson, 60 Lorne Street, Truro, NS B2N 3K3. 

The regional kick-off event is happening at Oxford Regional Education Centre beginning at 10:00 am. The hour-long, livestreamed event will feature OREC students and guest speaker, Jude Gerard. Mr. Gerard is the student services consultant for Mi’kmaq Services Division at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and an expert on systemic and institutional racism in schools.

The livstream can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/ChignectoCRSB/

The kick-off event will be followed by an afternoon mini-conference for Gay-Straight Alliance members from CCRSB schools. Mr. Gerard and staff from the Youth Project will be a part of the mini-conference.

All CCRSB schools and offices will participate in the Day of Action, mobilizing almost 24,000 students, staff and volunteers to begin a year-long conversation and actions relating to Social Justice.

You can learn more about Stand Up. Speak Out. at www.ccrsb.ca/stand-up.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and 2,700 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves almost 20,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact: 

Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager 
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Office: 902-897-8911 
Cell: 902-956-8079

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChignectoCRSB 
Twitter: @CCRSB_Official