The student population at Delia School northeast of Drumheller grew by a bunch today as the school hosted a leadership conference for the Prairieland Regional Division for the third year.
 

"We're working with junior high students to try and get them to tap their inner leadership qualities and realize that any one person can make a difference in someone else's life," explained event organizer Ellen Vanderkolk, who is a teacher at Delia School.

"We're trying to focus on community involvement this year," she continued. "The idea is that they then go back to their home communities and they engage community groups or leaders in their community and try and find some project to help improve their own community."

Students from around the Prairieland Division have been divided into working groups and will hear speakers talk about everything from leadership to social media. They will stay overnight Thursday, then come up with their own community involvement and leadership ideas to take back home with them.

"The students really appreciate the ability to get to know kids from other schools their own age because we have little schools," noted Vanderkolk. "Junior high kids are passionate about projects when they come up with the idea or the topic themselves; they're far more engaged in following and carrying out their plans."

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