For teachers and students of Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington, Valentine’s Day was really special. At a special school assembly, 500 students wearing a t-shirt that says “Take a Stand Mill Plain” formed the shape of a heart on the school’s playground that day, with the aim of sending a unified message against school bullying. According to the school’s principal Karen Fox, the anti-bullying campaign started last spring, taking the students to get involved by making them join a contest for making the campaign’s design to be imprinted on t-shirts.
The winning entry is a drawing created by Emily Paxman, a third grader. Fox noted that Paxman’s drawing captures the message of the campaign, which goal is to let “everyone come to school and feel good.” Fox further added that she has confidence on what the students can do to shape their school the way that they see on the pictures in the special shirt.
School leaders planned the assembly months before and have had to include students from the Crestline Elementary who were displaced by fire. For the company who made the shirts, overtime work was necessary to make sure that each child gets the special tee.