'Bocce Ball For All' was the winning entry as the Prairieland Regional School Division held the final round of its division wide Inclusivity Project contest.
The entry by Delia School student Alia Nielsen and Serena Michie and Jack Adams of Morrin School saw Morrin host a sports day that featured the entire student body working and playing alongside intellectually challenged individuals from the area.
The finalists were judged by a five member panel from outside the Prairieland Division and did their presentations before Alberta Education Minister David Eggen.
"I've never seen such insightful and passionate presentations before," he raved. "You think about science fairs and that sort of thing (but) the kids just jumped in with both feet here and, quite frankly, exceeded anybody's expectations."
"If you think about subject areas, you see people doing statistics, you see them doing communications, you see a whole range of skills that can pop out from the curriculum into real life, actually helping kids, helping people," Eggen continued.
The other finalists in the Inclusivity Project were Chalkboard Messages, where Consort School students wrote positive messages on erasable mini-chalkboards and gave them to other students; Challenge for Change, where two girls from Delia School raised money and needed supplies for the Children's Cottage in Calgary; and Taboo Talks, which saw two J.C. Charyk high schoolers poll their classmates and teachers about racism and religion.
"I have been instructed to write a report on how to fight racism and promote inclusivity in the schools and everywhere in society," noted the minister. "Yeah, by golly, we'll use these ideas: they are fantastic!"
The winners receive a two week stay at the Maplewood International School in Abu Dhabi from November 11-25, 2017.
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