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Montreal Hellenic school teaches kids about refugee crisis

School is teaching kids about the Greek response to the refugee crisis and using life jackets worn by migrants to help make the lessons more real.

Principal of École Socrates-Démosthène inspired by Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Students at the École Socrates-Démosthène school campus II learned about the refugee crisis with a demonstration featuring life jackets sent by the mayor of Lesbos, Greece. 1:00

A Montreal Hellenic school is teaching kids about the Greek response to the refugee crisis.

It's using life jackets worn by migrants to help make the lessons more real. 

The principal of École Socrates-Démosthène school campus II, Georgia Tsakalis, was inspired to launch the lessons after two residents of Lesbos were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to support refugees arriving on their shores. 

"'We have to speak to them about the humanitarian effort behind the award," Tsakalis said. "It's a lot of pride mixed with a lot of grief."

Students learned about the refugee crisis with a demonstration featuring life jackets used in Greece. (Morgan Dunlop / CBC)

She acquired two life jackets worn by migrants who arrived in Lesbos, Greece, after sending an email to the city's mayor. 

More than 800,000 refugees arrived in Greece by sea in 2015, the majority via Lesbos.

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