Students at Lakecrest Independent School and their teacher are tackling anti-racism in Newfoundland and Labrador, and have been publicly acknowledged for their work.
Our very own Georgia Heffernan, Kenneth Hartlaub and Alexia Bishop won the 2021 Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Youth Award at IDEAS 2021 – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism Summit, presented by the Association for New Canadians.
Students Tackling Racism
Last year during their Grade 6 International Baccalaureate exhibition, the students created a project based on educating the school community about racism. The project included a focus on microaggressions, intersectionality, the cycle of poverty, the nature of policing and systemic racism. They interviewed many members of the community and created a short documentary of their findings of racism in the province.
The students competed in the award category that was open to students aged 18 years and under from across Newfoundland and Labrador. These impressive young students also garnered media attention with their win, leading to the opportunity to appear in a CBC news television segment that aired on Friday, November 26, 2021. Check it out!
A Teacher of Distinction
Their teacher and Lakecrest Assistant Coordinator of IB, Ms. Natasha Hart, has long encouraged students in her grade six classroom to explore diversity in all its facets. She attended the IDEAS conference on behalf of Lakecrest and in a surprising and humbling moment, she was named Cultural Educator of the Year during the awards presentation. Ms. Hart was unaware of her nomination and is grateful for the acknowledgement of her work to develop young minds.
At Lakecrest we are proud of our diverse community that includes more than 26 nationalities. This fact, and the international-based philosophy and framework on which our curriculum is based, are reasons why Lakecrest is Newfoundland’s Only School of Choice.
Congratulations again Georgia, Kenneth, Alexia and Ms. Hart for making a difference in our school and in the larger community.