Ontario Dress Purple Day Campaign 2018

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple Day we join together with our key partners, Boards of Education and schools, to celebrate this community that cares for kids and families.

This year Ontario Dress Purple Day will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

To support Ontario Dress Purple Day and its focus on getting and giving help, we are providing online classroom resources to help teachers make the day a meaningful and engaging learning opportunity for students. The classroom resources are intended to support teachers to engage with their students in conversations about safety and well-being in all aspects of their lives, helping adults in the community, and how to ask for help.
 
Read about 8 Ways Your School Can Make Ontario Dress Purple Day Memorable!

Eight Ways Your School Can Make Ontario Dress Purple Day Memorable

  1. Hold a school assembly to raise awareness among students about the caring adults and community supports that are available to support them when they need help. Invite somebody from the caring community to talk about how they can help.
  2. Use the Dress Purple Classroom Resources, available on the OACAS websiteto engage students in Ontario Dress Purple Day. These resources teach students about the importance of asking for help from adults and who in their community can support them. The Dress Purple Classroom Resources offer teachers the option of engaging their students gradually, just before, or on Dress Purple Day.
  3. Hold an art show to display student work created using Dress Purple Classroom activities, including Well-being Circles and “Helping Hands”. (See Dress Purple Classroom Resources Lessons 3 and 4.) Share the art work on line using the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence.
  4. Demonstrate a community that cares for kids in your classroom in an interactive and fun way. All it takes is a ball of purple yarn, a beach ball, and your students. (See “Yarn Web” activity in Dress Purple Classroom Resources Lesson 4).
  5. Host a speaker from your local Children’s Aid Society or police services branch in the school auditorium. They will talk about the rights of children to safety and well-being, the importance of speaking up if you need help, and how Children’s Aid and police are part of the village that cares for kids.
  6. Host a youth speaker who can speak about the importance of breaking the silence and asking for help. Contact your local Children’s Aid Society for suggestions of young people who are motivational speakers.
  7. Hold a purple parade through your community. Design and carry an #IBREAKthesilence - Ask for help banner. Ask your school’s local business owners and organizations to join in as part of the community that cares for kids.
  8. Take pictures of school staff and students as they celebrate the community that cares for kids and share them on social media using the hashtags #IBREAKthesilence #OntarioDressPurpleDay.

Ontario Dress Purple Day classroom resources for elementary schools

 
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Ontario Dress Purple Day classroom resources for middle and high schools will be available soon

The resources will focus on self-esteem, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and the role of adults and social services in helping youth and their friends. The resources will also incorporate an equity perspective that includes racism and systemic abuse as reasons why youth might need to ask for help.  The resources have been developed by Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

This live map shows all the Schools across Ontario participating in DRESS PURPLE DAY.

 

This live map shows all the Boards of Education across Ontario participating in DRESS PURPLE DAY.

 

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