Show of support
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.