PLRD stu­dents com­pete for trip to Abu Dhabi

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Prairie Land Re­gions School Dav­i­son (PLRD) is reach­ing out to pro­mote in­clu­siv­ity.

This pro­ject was prompted by the events of Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia where a white na­tion­al­ist killed a pro­tester by plow­ing his car into a group of peo­ple.

The school di­vi­sion is in­spir­ing stu­dents to reach out and pro­mote in­clu­siv­ity for all mem­bers of so­ci­ety through the PLRD In­clu­siv­ity Pro­ject.

“Many seg­ments of our com­mu­ni­ties are of­ten marginal­ized or ex­cluded, such as those who are hand­i­capped, learn­ing dis­abled, racial mi­nori­ties or sex­ual mi­nori­ties”, states the PLRD web­site.

They have de­signed a con­test for stu­dents to give them an op­por­tu­nity to re­act pos­i­tively to un­just cir­cum­stances and make a pos­i­tive im­pact. The top prize is an im­mer­sion trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emi­rates.

To meet this goal, stu­dents are mo­bi­liz­ing across the school board. The pro­ject is geared to give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify a need in so­ci­ety and to be­come agents of change.

Erin Bergman and Jay Lavallee of Delia School are host­ing Chal­leng­ing for a Change. They are stag­ing a fundraiser and are col­lect­ing do­na­tions to sup­port the Chil­dren’s Cot­tage Cri­sis Nurs­ery in Cal­gary.

This could be any­thing from cash to di­a­pers, cloth­ing, and for­mula. Drumheller Chrysler has a truck in its show­room they are hop­ing to stuff with do­na­tions.

Alia Nielsen of Delia School, and Jack Adams and Ser­ena Michie of Mor­rin School are spear­head­ing a pro­ject called Bocce Ball for All. The stu­dents have teamed up with Spe­cial Olympic Uni­fied Sports for a bocce ball tour­na­ment on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will in­clude lunch, guest speak­ers and of course bocce.

Alia ex­plains that of­ten stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties are marginal­ized from the rest of the school. The goal of Bocce Ball For All is to give all kids the op­por­tu­nity to play sports. They have in­vited stu­dents from PLRD schools as well as Three Hills, DVSS, Green­tree and

Strath­more.

‘I’m an ath­lete and I also coach so lots of time we will see kids that are on the autism spec­trum or have in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties,” said Alia. “In watch­ing them en­gage with the kids an giv­ing that team feel­ing, of be­ing part of some­thing and feel­ing in­cluded, that is what we are re­ally go­ing for.” She ap­plauds the school di­vi­sion’s efforts. "It has had a great ef­fect on school cul­ture through­out the di­vi­sion,” said Alia.

Fi­nal judg­ing will be the week of Oc­to­ber 23 to Novem­ber 3. The grand prize trip is from Novem­ber 11 to 25.

Alia Nielsen, Ser­ena Michie and Jack Adams are host­ing Bocce Ball for All for the PRLD In­clu­siv­ity pro­ject.

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