I received this from Barbara Braxton this morning.
If you are at an "overseas" school and want to participate, I suggest you contact Barbara direct.
It is one week since the devastating earthquake that has shattered Christchurch and its people and there would be few schools in Australia that do not have a student or a staff member with a Kiwi connection.
Psychologists say that the trauma can be intensified by a feeling of wanting to help but being unable to do so, so to help overcome this a group of Kiwi teacher librarians teaching in Australia are proposing
ALL BLACK DAY
We are suggesting that on March 22, 2011 students be allowed to wear all black instead of their regular school uniform and pay a gold coin for the privilege.If school regulations demand students remain in uniform, then an alternative could be to create a coin trail over the words ANZAC, Aotearoa, Christchurch, or Otautahi (Maori for Christchurch).
Any other form of fundraising would also be welcome. If you have ideas, please share them with us to share with everybody.
The money raised will then by donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal http://www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz/ through whatever financial procedures schools have to follow to do this.
• publicise this event as widely as possible, sending it to any network you belong to
• consider volunteering to be your state co-ordinator which will just involve receiving emails from schools with their tallies and sending the total to a central co-ordinator. We already have co-ordinators for NSW and Queensland, but no doubt they would appreciate help.
• spread the word about your school’s activities with any media connections you haveIf you have any questions, or are willing to act as a state co-ordinator, please contact one of us.Barbara Braxton
Teacher librarian (retired)
COOMA NSW 2630
Willoughby Public School
Lake Macquarie High School
Moreton Bay Boys' College