Today, at Isaac Brock School, in front of over 370 students and educators, Maurice Sabourin, President, Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) launched the 2016-2017
Cool 2Be Kind campaign.
WINNIPEG, MB: Today, at Isaac Brock School, in front of over 370 students and educators, Maurice Sabourin, President, Winnipeg Police Association (WPA) launched the 2016-2017
Cool 2Be Kind campaign. This is the 5th year of the anti-bullying-positive behaviour initiative.
The Cool 2Be Kind campaign was created by the WPA and helps to teach students in grades K-8 the value of being kind to others and making positive choices in school and in life.
“Students and educators are invited to submit a Kindness proposal for their school with the opportunity to receive funding in the amount of $500 to see their project come to life,” said Sabourin. “Off-duty police officers will visit participating schools and deliver fun and interactive presentations about the benefits of being kind.”
Over the past four years, the Cool 2Be Kind campaign has funded 83 school Kindness projects totalling over $40,000. “We have spoken to over 20,000 students and educators. The response has exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward to another successful year,” added Sabourin.
Cool 2Be Kind Co-Chairs are The Hon. Heather Stefanson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Province of Manitoba, and Kevin Chief, MLA for Point Douglas. The Celebrity Co-Chair is Ace Burpee, Host, The Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio.
“The issue of bullying in and out of schools, including cyber-bullying, continues to be of concern to everyone,” said Sabourin. “Five years ago, the Winnipeg Police Association decided to take a pro-active approach to anti-bullying by recognizing and funding the efforts of students and educators to develop Kindness projects.”
Funding for school Kindness projects is provided by sponsors including: Emergent BioSolutions; the Winnipeg Sun; 103.1 Virgin Radio; and City Councillors Brian Mayes; Devi Sharma; Cindy Gilroy; Jenny Gerbasi; John Orlikow; Shawn Dobson; and Marty Morantz. “The WPA thanks all sponsors for their kind support and we continue to invite companies, organizations and individuals to get involved,” said Sabourin. “A contribution of $500 will fund one school Kindness project.”
Students and educators from Winnipeg K-6 schools can visit www.cool2bekind.ca and submit their Kindness proposal online. Select schools will receive $500 to see their Kindness projects come to life. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.
“We look forward to receiving Kindness proposals from Winnipeg elementary schools and we know there are a lot of cool kids out there,” said Sabourin. “Check out cool2bekind.ca and remember, by being kind to others, you are all champions.”