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Madeira Park students win artwork contest

National Forest Week
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Artworks by Rory deWinter (left) and Isla Mackay won prizes in a provincial artwork contest honouring National Forest Week.

Two students at Madeira Park Elementary School have each won a $50 prize in a provincial artwork contest honouring National Forest Week.

Rory deWinter, a Grade 2 student, and Isla Mackay, a Grade 5 student at the school, were among six students province-wide whose artwork was chosen from among hundreds of entries by youths ages five to 18 as part of FORED BC’s Youth Engaging Sustainability (YES) program.

The theme this year was “Research Forests: Sharing our Natural World.”

FORED education director Victor Godin said the students’ artwork managed to capture “all the values of our forests … from providing camping and other eco-tourism and recreation activities, to being homes for animals and providing wood for building houses.

Tamara Forsyth-Jacobsen, the Aboriginal Education support program teacher at Madeira Park who helped organize the contest again this year, said the contest “fit perfectly into our study of interconnectedness.”

FORED BC Society, established in 1925, provides sustainability tools, resources and consulting to communities throughout B.C.