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In cel­e­bra­tion of Pride Month, mem­bers of the stu­dent coun­cil at John Burke High School in Grand Bank painted an out­side stair­well lead­ing to the lo­cal Shop­pers Drug Mart lo­ca­tion rain­bow on June 4.

Stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent Damian Stacey told The South­ern Gazette on Thurs­day, June 7, that the idea came up dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing.

“First, we were go­ing to do the cross­walk,” he said, “(but) then we fig­ured just do the stair­case.”

The stairs were lo­cated on the school grounds so they did not have to seek ap­proval from the lo­cal town coun­cil.

“We wanted to show our sup­port for the stu­dents in the school (that are) a part of the gay com­mu­nity,” he said

Damian ex­plained that he had the as­sis­tance of an­other mem­ber of the stu­dent coun­cil ,Whit­ney Cuza as well as Sherri Matthews, the school’s guid­ance coun­selor and Tracey Blag­don, the school’s as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal.

Damian added that other events will be held at the school.

“We’re hav­ing our Pride Week (this) Mon­day com­ing and we’re hav­ing a Pride Day on Wed­nes­day,” he ex­plained, “Ev­ery grade will be (wear­ing) a dif­fer­ent color, we’re do­ing a rain­bow and we’ll be giv­ing out free fruit kabobs, the col­ors of the rain­bow.”

He said the day will be about cel­e­brat­ing pride.

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