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Students participate in poster contest teaching children’s rights


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Back: Ombudsman representative Jeannie MacGregor, Ombudsman Dwight Bishop, Ombudsman representative Kay Rogers-Lidstone , West Pictou Consolidated School Grade 3 teacher Toni Kennedy, Grade 7 teacher Kim Tetreault, Grade 6 teacher Phil Hollis, physical education and health teacher Chris Shipley and principal Chris Boulter. Front: Grade 7 student Cheyanne Grant, Grade 3 student Mikayla Fleming and Grade 6 student Lily Langford pose for a photo after Bishop presented Boulter with a certificate for West Pictou Consolidated having the most participation in a school for the office of the Ombusdman youth services province-wide poster contest that aimed at educating children about their rights. AMY MACKENIZE – THE NEWS

LYONS BROOK – The Ombudsman of Nova Scotia paid a visit to grade 7, 6 and 3 students at West Pictou Consolidated School Tuesday to present them with a certificate for being the school with the most participation in a poster contest that aimed to teach students about children’s rights.

The theme, chosen by Jeannie MacGregor, ombudsman representative, was children helping children. She said bullying was a popular topic shown through the poster designs students submitted to the contest.

“Bullying has been a prevalent subject lately, and a number of posters depicted that,” she said.

MacGregor added that, province-wide, the Ombudsman’s office received 824 poster designs from students and 95 West Pictou Consolidated students submitted an entry, which was the largest number of students of any school in the province.

The poster contest’s theme of children helping children was adopted by National Child Day which happened on Nov. 20. The office of the Ombudsman’s youth services department acts as child advocates for the province because there is not a separate child advocacy office.  

“The poster contest is aimed at encouraging children to talk about children’s rights. A popular right students did their posters on was protection from harm.”

Students from grade Primary to 7 were eligible to enter in the contest and a winning poster from each grade across the province was selected. The winning posters can be viewed at http://gov.ns.ca/ombu/

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