There was a large turn-out Tuesday for the annual Walk for Harmony celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
The walk started with opening remarks in Boitanio Park and ended in Spirit Square on Oliver Street where prizes were presented to students for the multiculturalism poster contest, music was played, prayers were said and a wonderful lunch of ethnic diversity was served to students and other participants.
Numerous community groups participated in putting on the event.
The Grade 4-5 class at Kwaleen wore pink shirts to symbolize their commitment to ending bullying.
Opening the walk in Boitanio Park the Grade 2 Chilcotin Road students sang two songs in the Chilcotin language, Are You Sleeping, and the Lahal game song. They were taught the songs by their First Nations language teacher Annette Frank.
In Spirit Square where the lunch was held prizes were also presented to winners in the local Canadian Mental Health Association’s poster contest to promote multiculturalism in the city.
Alexandra Weiand, a Grade 7 student at Mountview elementary, won the grand prize of a mountain bike donated by Canadian Tire.
“I was really surprised that I did win because I thought my poster was quite simple,” Alexandra says.
The judges, however, were impressed with the simple impression of two hands of different colours shaking hands, against a backdrop of a globe, set between two outer bands of red resembling the Canadian flag. The poster also incorporated the words “Be the Change” and a small logo circle in red with a line through the word “Racism.”
Students in Mountview elementary’s Grade 6 and 7 classes and Kwaleen elementary’s grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 students participated in the poster contest.
Four scooters and other prizes were awarded to poster contest winners.
All along the route the posters were on display in local businesses.
The scooter winners include Grade 4 Kwaleen student Zeah Rusch; Grade 5 Mountview student Karena Sokolan; Grade 6 Mountview student Alisha Arnold; and Grade 7 Mountview student Kavelle Jeff.
Smaller prizes donated by local businesses were presented to students who won honourable mention for their posters.
Honourable mention awards went to Kwaleen Grade 5 student Tanner Dyck; Kwaleen Grade 4 student Wyatt Jacobson; and Kwaleen Grade 4 students Jerika Meldrum and Ali Waterhouse who created their poster together; Mountview Grade 6 student Miche’Lyn Whitfort; Mountview Grade 6 student Morgan Weingart; and Mountview Grade 7 student Jasmin Johnson.