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Valley elementary students “Dare to Dream” for peace

On December 5, Lions Club representative Pamela Mulderrig visited Valley schools to announce to students the results of the Lions Club 2023 Peace Poster Contest. Since 1988, the Lions Club has asked children aged 11 to 13 to create posters that define peace. This year, 74 students from five Valley elementary schools participated (Ormstown Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Notre Dame de Rosaire, Gault Elementary and Heritage Elementary) and 17 talented students were awarded prizes.

Mulderrig visits schools each year in early fall to present the contest rules and the annual theme to students and teachers. “The theme is always under the umbrella of ‘Peace’,” she says. This year’s title was “Dare to Dream.” Children were asked by the Lions Club to share their visons and express what this meant to them via a drawing without words, to “show how they’ll turn their dream of a peaceful world into reality.” Students worked on their posters during school hours and sometimes at home.


Proud first prize winner Amelia Hutton from Ormstown Elementary displays her winning poster PHOTOS Yvonne Lewis Langlois


The finished posters were considered by a panel of judges. Winners will proceed from the district level to provincial, federal, and international levels. They receive prize money, but each winner has a chance to win the grand prize of being recognized at the United Nations. Every year, 600,000 children from 75 countries participate.

This year, the local first-prize winner was Amelia Hutton from Ormstown Elementary (O.E.S.). Second prize was a tie between Emma Gallinger of O.E.S. and Alexa Soesbergen of Heritage Elementary. Third-prize winners were Keagan Barclay, Noah Hutton, and Moira McKell, all from O.E.S. There were 11 students from Franklin Elementary, Gault Institute, and Notre Dame de Rosaire who were awarded honourable mentions. In February, all local posters will be on display at the Ormstown Recreation Centre.

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