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About 650 students from Princess Margaret Secondary, F.D Sinclair Elementary, Westerman Elementary and Strawberry Hill Elementary took part in an anti-bullying flash mob on Pink Shirt Day at Princess Margaret on Wednesday. The singing and dancing students were part of the feel-good flash mob organized by Kwantlen Polytechnic University marketing student Sean Bindra.   - Evan Seal / The Leader
About 650 students from Princess Margaret Secondary, F.D Sinclair Elementary, Westerman Elementary and Strawberry Hill Elementary took part in an anti-bullying flash mob on Pink Shirt Day at Princess Margaret on Wednesday. The singing and dancing students were part of the feel-good flash mob organized by Kwantlen Polytechnic University marketing student Sean Bindra.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

About 650 students from four Surrey schools participated in a flash mob dance performance Wednesday outside Princess Margaret Secondary school in the name of tolerance and understanding.

The students from F.D. Sinclair Elementary, Westerman Elementary,  Strawberry Hill Elementary and Princess Margaret Secondary have been practising individually with members of the Shiamak Bollywood dance school for weeks with only one full group rehearsal before Wednesday's performance.

And for event organizer Sean Bindra, the focus was on bringing people together through physical activity, while creating awareness around bullying and anti-bullying issues.

"Many people experience bullying on a day-to-day basis," said Bindra, "so rather than getting together and speaking about it (bullying) you can get together and express yourself through dance."

The dance, planned to coincide with Pink Shirt Day (Feb. 26) is about inclusion and building a stronger community.

"When I have kids of my own I want to send them into an environment where everyone feels welcome and loved no matter what you look like," said Bindra, "so more community events like this and word of mouth will break that barrier."

 

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