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Exploring differences

Exploring differences is what Diversity Week in Prince George schools is all about, and this year’s events will focus on five areas.

Between Feb. 25 and March 1, students at four local high schools will explore a different form of diversity each day.

“This project has grown since it initially was proposed,” says team leader Shawn Peters in a press release, “and I know that I have an excellent team of societies and people in place. We are prepared to work with the four local high schools that are already onboard for this project.”

Participating high schools are College Heights, D.P. Todd, Kelly Road and Prince George Secondary.

The five areas of difference the project will focus on are gender, spirituality, sexuality, multi-cultures and abilities. Each day, students will be exposed to different facts throughout the school on one of these areas. At lunchtime, a fun activity will be held in the gym of each school, and societies will set up tables for students to visit to get more information.

On Friday, Feb. 1, students will the chance to compete in a diversity Jeopardy game, based on the facts covered during the week.

“This is a project that gives students, teachers, societies, businesses and individuals a chance to join and help eliminate bullying on all fronts and issues,” Peters says. “By creating awareness about our differences, we then learn to understand those differences and will not fear them.”

Societies wishing to be part of the displays for one or more days can e-mail info@diversitypg.com. If a business or individual wishes to support the project with a donation or gift certificate, they can drop them off at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society at 1270 Second Ave. or contact the same e-mail address.

The team is also looking for locations that would be willing to have “I Support Diversity Week” buttons, available for a suggested donation of $2 to help with event costs.

Anyone looking for more information can find it at www.diversitypg.com.

 

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