$384,900 Mor­rin in­clu­siv­ity pro­ject earns stu­dents trip to Ger­many

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Four stu­dents at Mor­rin School will be off to Ger­many in Fe­bru­ary af­ter win­ning their school divi­sion’s in­clu­siv­ity pro­ject ini­tia­tive.

Made­line Cun­can­non, Tay­lor David­son and Thomas Chapin pre­sented their pro­ject to a panel of judges at J.C. Charyk School in Hanna prior to the win­ter break, show­cas­ing their work pro­mot­ing LGBTQ in­clu­sion in sports un­der the pro­ject #Sport­s4All. The ini­tia­tive made an im­pact on so­cial me­dia where their pro­ject was spread around the world and even retweeted by Premier Rachel Not­ley, and cul­mi­nated in a key­note ad­dress by for­mer NFL-er and LGBTQ in sports ad­vo­cate Esera Tuaolo.

“The main goal of the pro­ject is to make an im­pact on other peo­ple and we tried to do that as much as we could,” says Cun­can­non.

This makes the se­cond year in a row stu­dents from Mor­rin School earned the prize. The stu­dents came back to their school to find an as­sem­bly of all stu­dents wait­ing for them.

The pro­ject was up against pre­sen­ta­tions from four dif­fer­ent divi- sion schools, in­clud­ing J.C. Charyk’s ‘ We’re All a Part of the Team’, Delia School’s Gay Straight Al­liance Pride Day, and Youngstown and Delia’s Men­tal Health and Brain In­jury pro­jects.

“In my opin­ion, all the other pro­jects were good and what they did was amaz­ing but ours was I guess a lit­tle more ad­ver­tised,” Cun­can­non says, adding staff at the school have been in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive of their pro­ject.

“They’re very proud of what we’ve done, they’re prob­a­bly more ex­cited than we are. It’s a proud mo­ment that our school divi­sion did so much and did some­thing amaz­ing in our own com­mu­nity.”

The stu­dents will be at­tend­ing school in Ger­many for a two-week cul­tural im­mer­sion trip while stay­ing with bil­let fam­i­lies, and will have op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore and sight­see there, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing a cas­tle.

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Thomas Chapin (se­cond from left), Made­line Cun­can­non, and Tay­lor David­son pre­sented their pro­ject on De­cem­ber 19 in Hanna.

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