Poster Contest Addresses Racism

By 32 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6 a.m. June 23, 2015

A poster contest inspired students to talk about racial discrimination.

Five girls holding posters
Students winners of the poster contest on eliminating racism
  • Five girls holding posters
  • A group of five girls, two men and a man and woman in TPS uniform stand together

The United Nations declared March 21st as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

32 Division decided to create a school program where Grade 8 students would be asked questions like:

“What does Racial Discrimination” mean to you?  “Can we eliminate it”?  

Students were not asked to write an essay, but instead to put their thoughts and vision in a message that would promote racial harmony, and to do this in the form of art, specifically art posters, whether they be drawings, paintings or cyber art.

All Elementary Schools in the 32 Division catchment areas were invited to participate.

This year from over 75 submissions, the five best pieces of art were selected by judging panels.                 

School Liaison Officer coordinator Constable Sabrina Ponzi in her address before North York Civic Council, who honoured the students during their Council meeting,  said to the students: “I hope you never lose the impulse to participate in community programs and events like this one, which strive to bring about awareness and acceptance of all people and make our communities a better place by valuing diversity."

Congratulations to each of you and I wish you the best of luck in your bright futures!

Students were also awarded $75 to $400 prizes.

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