These London, Ont., students were asked to make videos about racial justice. They nailed it
Elementary and high schools entered annual contest by LUSO Community Services
Every year, Leroy Hibbert looks forward to the anti-racism video contest that challenges children to learn about one of the most complex, heated and difficult subjects of our time.
Hibbert, the multicultural outreach program co-ordinator at London's LUSO Community Services, which has hosted the contest since 2012, said this year's theme was "Racism Ends With Us."
LUSO Community Services is a non-profit neighbourhood resource centre that aims to promote inclusiveness and well-being.
The program's annual video contest commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and serves as an opportunity for students to come together to deliver powerful anti-racism messages in an artistic format.
The contest was open to the:
- Thames Valley District School Board.
- London District Catholic Board.
- Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
Awarded last month, each winning school collected a $1,000 first prize to put toward technology to help classmates learn.
"Technology is where these students live," said Hibbert. "The quality of the work was phenomenal."
Here are the winning videos in two categories (each video was limited to about two minutes in length):
Elementary school winner
Students at Blessed Carlo Acutis Continuing Education and Virtual School, in the Huron Perth Catholic School Board, created a video that involved a lot of classroom co-operation, said Hibbert.
"You have teachers there, students — the diversity of the students in there. There are parents in there. The tone of the video, the involvement, that was really powerful."
Secondary school winner
Students at London's Central Secondary School combined creative storytelling with current events to take home the top prize for high schools in the region.
"The creativity of what they did, that was really powerful, and talking to the issues that we're dealing with right now," said Hibbert.
"How they took one piece of paper and shared it with another. It looked like they were right beside, but they're weren't. It was amazing."