Educators, parents and students should watch this animated short video and prepare to be moved by it's powerful anti-bullying message.
Shane Koyczan was bullied as a kid and the scars are deep. Today, he is a poet from B.C., who gained notoriety for his inspired performance at the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony. Shane knows that bullying can leave psychic scars that last years.
Earlier this year, Shane put a call-out to artists to animate "To This Day," a poem he wrote that tackles bullying head on. Each artist contributed 20-second clips and the contributions were stitched together into this seven-minute work. The result is this breathtakingly beautiful animation that explores living with bullying, depression and abuse.
"Amazing work. Unfortunately, schools don't always get it right. It's stories like yours (and the many other files I read) that prompt me to do my job better, wholeheartedly, authentically. The way I would want my own children to experience the education system. Thanks for your willingness and vulnerability to tell your story," wrote Chantal Wiebe on Koyczan's Facebook page
The video is part of Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying awareness day in Vancouver that takes place on Feb. 27.
For “To This Day,” the spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan worked with dozens of animators, who each illustrated roughly 20-second segments of his eponymous poem about the bullying he and others experienced growing up.
Vancouver's Giant Ant studios produced "To This Day," a powerful animation with a message for anti-bullying.
Pat Wyman is the founder of HowToLearn.com and the author of the international best seller, Amazing Grades: 101Best Ways To Improve Your Grades Faster and Math FactsMade Easy: Learn Your Facts in Half the Time.