Altario students win Inclusivity Project

PLRD Inclusivity Project winners Haley Beier, Joseph Van Lagen and Pyper McGregor of Altario School presented on ALS Awareness. They took their prize and asked the school division to donate it to ALS Research. ECA Review/Submitted

Prairie Land School Division (PLSD) hosted its third annual Inclusivity Project Final judging on Mon. Dec. 16. Altario students Haley Beier, Pyper McGregor and Joseph Van Lagen presented their project ‘ALS Awareness’.

This initiative quickly grew to gain the support of the Altario High School and Altario community raising money for ALS research, dedicated to Kari Evans, former Educational Assistant and Librarian at Altario School.

Through a month of educating the community about ALS and fundraising endeavours such as a bottle drive, an online Facebook Auction and a community supper, the students raised well over $24,000 to donate to ALS research.

In lieu of accepting the grand prize of a 10 day trip to Roatan, Honduras, the Altario team has requested the cash equivalent be donated to ALS research.

Delia students Jensen Battle and Sonya Nielsen with Liam McKeage from JC Charyk in Hanna, presented their project ‘Challenging Misconceptions about Indigenous People’.

For this project, the students visited the Piikani reserve in southern Alberta and then invited representatives from Piikani to come speak to students in Hanna about what their lives are like.

The three visiting students and their counsellor shared eye-opening stories, followed by traditional attire and dances.

JC Charyk students Cori Halter and Lauren Watson presented their project ‘Let’s Speak PTSD’.

This project reached out to service men and women, first responders and others who are living with the effects of PTSD.

A day of presentations and open conversation educated the student and live Facebook audience about PTSD.

The project also facilitated a connection between those affected by PTSD and provided an opportunity to reach out to others and seek support.

Consort students Rebecca and Shantell Maron presented their project ‘A Colourful Community’.

This project included a public artist fair, where local artists were able to display and showcase their work.

The projects shared the therapeutic benefits of art as supporting positive mental health and raised money through an admission fee and a concession.

The profits of $661 were donated to the Consort Pool.

Throughout the course of the project, the girls also painted a very impressive mural in Consort School.



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