The students at St. George have a lot to be excited about this week having learned the elementary school finished second place in the 2018 Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association Short Video Contest.
“They were very proud. The kids work hard and do a lot for the community so it’s nice that they were recognized,” says the school’s principal, Roseanne Sandel.
The Crystal Beach school was one of 13 finalists in the contest. The theme was Community Builders and students in Grades 4 to 12 were invited to submit a video that demonstrates how their school or parish-based charitable or social justice initiatives have strengthened their community.
The winners of the contest were selected through online voting, which ended on Dec. 31 and announced on Monday, Jan. 21. The first-place prize, which was a $300 Best Buy gift certificate went to Iona Academy Catholic School in eastern Ontario, and St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary in Oakville took home the third-place prize, a $100 Indigo gift certificate.
Similar prizes were also awarded to three schools at the high school level.
St. George’s students will help decide how their second-place price, a $150 gift card to Best Buy, will be spent.
“It will be something we need that would benefit the entire school. There also was the suggestion of something new for the sound system, like a new microphone that could be used during school assemblies. Or, it may be something that goes back into the community,” the principal says.
“We haven’t really decided how the money will be spent just yet.”
Sandel says her students “work hard” and participate in many initiatives over the course of the year. These initiatives include food drives for the food bank at St. George Church, the Terry Fox Run, We Day events, the Socks for Change program, and singing Christmas carols for seniors during the holidays.
“They worked really hard for this and the contest showcases what we do. It’s great for this recognition because we’re a small school and there are still some people that don’t even know that we are here,” Sandel says.
For more information about the video contest or to view winning entries visit www.togetherinfaith.ca/winners_2018_short_video_contest.