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‘The kids did a wonderful job’: Elkford students make posters for peace

The Elkford Lions Club announced its three winners for the annual International Peace Poster Contest
The winners of the 2021 Elkford Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. From left: Kavan Cook, Shannon Mills, Piper Kirkness. (Courtesy of Elkford Lions Club)

The Elkford Lions Club has announced its three winners for this year’s Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.

According to the club, the contest is meant to give young people the opportunity to share their vision of peace.

The Rocky Mountain Elementary School Grade 6 class of Cole Pettifor and the Grade 5/6 split class of Rosalie Dureski participated. Students were given the theme “We are all connected” and a poster kit. They were then asked to draw or colour whatever they wanted on the poster having to do with the theme, said Elkford Lions Club secretary Debby Tomich.

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The first place winner was Piper Kirkness. Second place went to Shannon Mills, and third place went to Kavan Cook.

The winners were judged on Nov. 2 by locals Mike Shinners, Gloria Belhumeur, and Adam Connell.

Local first place winners are entered into the international contest to have their posters judged on the world stage, where the winner receives US$5,000.

The Elkford Lions Club handed out some awards of its own, with first place getting $100, second with $75, and $50 for third.

Kirkness’ poster has been sent to Washington to undergo international judgement. If she is selected as a grand winner, she can attend the award ceremony alongside a parent and a Lions Club member. The ceremony will be held at the United Nations in New York. They wont find out if she was selected until around Feb. 1, 2022, according to Elkford Lions Club member and poster contest organizer, Renie Porter. She was thankful to long-time past organizer Ellie Grieser for training her for the role. It was Porter’s first year in the position.

“The kids did a wonderful job. They were really enthusiastic about it, both of the teachers told us that,” she said, adding that the teachers did a course talking about the theme of all being connected.

“So it was done through a school project, they did it themselves.”

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