The Prairie Land School Division is holding a contest. The Inclusivity Project asks students to react positively to unjust circumstances and think up creative ways to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

The first step in the contest was to design and implement a project. Then, student groups are asked to submit a short video presentation about their project to PLSD. On Oct. 23, finalists will present their ideas to judges at J.C. Charyk School in Hanna, and the judges will select a winner that day.

Cam McKeage, Superintendent of PLSD, said a special guest will also be visiting the Hanna school that day: Minister of Education David Eggen.

"We're hoping with the Minister there that he brings a little more light to it as well. And, I think this is going to be a great project for rural Alberta."

When asked how the project came about, McKeage explained that it was thought of as a way to encourage students to be more involved in their future.

"There are some people with a passion about tolerance and respect and inclusivity, and they did the right thing and they put it in the hands of the students," said McKeage. "Students can make a big change awfully quick and also a lot quicker than we can."

Projects were implemented across the division last week. Now, judges will need to decide which groups make it to the final round.

"We're going to short-list the projects next week. They will have about a 15 to 20 minute presentation to the audience and then, from that, the judges will take a look at which project made the greatest impact, and they will be awarded the grand prize."

The grand prize is a two-week cultural immersion trip to the Maplewood International School in Abu Dhabi where students will attend classes and take part in a variety of cultural experiences and tours.

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