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Community Living Ontario, celebrates Inclusive Education Month with 'Together We're Better'


On Wednesday, Feb. 19, winners of Community Living Ontario's 'Together We're Better' contest were announced.  The contest invited elementary school aged students from across Ontario to submit a video (class) or poem (individual student) expressing why having students who have an intellectual disability should be included in regular classes alongside students who do not have a disability. Students were asked to create a video or write a poem demonstrating how:

  •     students of all abilities are included;
  •     everyone is creatively involved;
  •     we all benefit from our unique and individual contributions.

We’re very proud of this year’s winners and we’re thrilled with the outcome.  The number of entrants and the quality of their work far exceeded our expectations,” says Chris Beesley, CEO, Community Living Ontario. “It was our intent to motivate elementary school aged students across Ontario to creatively explore why ‘Together We’re Better’.  We know that inclusive education works!  Children who learn together in school also learn to live well together as adults and are better able to create and participate in communities where everyone belongs.While we congratulate the winners, we also applaud the other entries for their innovation and creativity.
The top two winners are:
In the catagory of Video: St John the Evangelist school in Woodslee Ontario (Grade 3, 4 class).
In the catagory of Poetry: Paige Keith, 11-years-old

For a complete list of contest winners, please visit the Community Living Ontario website