10th Annual Say Hi Day
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Waterloo Region schools celebrate 10th Annual Say Hi Day
Waterloo Region – “Say Hi Day” returns to elementary and secondary schools across Waterloo Region this Thursday, September 22, 2016. The message is simple: by saying Hi students get to know each other while promoting a greater sense of belonging and community within their school. A connected school is a safer school.
This year marks the 10th consecutive year the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) has partnered with the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to bring the Say Hi campaign to over 100,000 students across the region each year.
“With this being our 10th Annual Say Hi day, we realize we have lead nearly a generation of kids through elementary and secondary school with this message – that saying hi is something everyone can do, and that by saying hi, students promote understanding, belonging and inclusion, and ultimately create a safer community” said Christiane Sadeler, Executive Director.
In celebration of Say Hi Day, schools have planned a variety of activities to bring students together and create a stronger sense of community within their schools. Say Hi Day activities may include connecting with neighbouring schools, learning to say hi in different languages, having special guests or greeters at the doors, creating murals with student handprints, school wide picnics, community outreach, or wearing the Say Hi colours of black and yellow. This year the campaign will outfit nearly 500 school bus drivers from Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region with Say Hi buttons to help students make the connection between the home and school community.
The WRCPC launched a community wide Say Hi campaign in 2004 and modified the creative in 2007 in an effort to translate the message to a school context while addressing themes of inclusion and diversity within a school community.say hi, Say Hi Day