St. Augustine School’s Emma Wittal’s work is in the top five submissions out of 665 from across the province. Voting is now open for Albertans to pick their favourite. Artwork submitted

A Ponoka student’s artwork is in the runnings for an Orange shirt logo competition

Voting is open for St. Augustine’s Emma Wittal’s work. Her art is in the top five out of 665 pieces

St. Augustine School is in the runnings for an Orange T-shirt logo competition.

Hosted by the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, St. Augustine was announced as one of the school finalists.

Grade 12 student Emma Wittal’s work is among the top five submissions chosen to be in the runnings. The top five submissions were among 665 pieces sent in from across the province. The age-range is also quite diverse with students in Grade 3 all the way to Grade 12 in the top five.

Helping pick the top five pieces were elders, teachers, community members and Safe and Caring board members, who evaluated every entry, states a release from the society.

Wittal’s piece depicts a hand holding a dream catcher with feathers attached to it. The slogan “Every Child Matters” completes her design.

Voting for the logo winner is now open, and all Albertans are invited to vote for their favourite submission by visiting the Safe and Caring Orange Shirt Day website: www.surveymonkey.com/r/orangeshirt2018. The designs will also be on display at the Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival from June 19 to 21, at Victoria Park in Edmonton’s river valley.

“Students and the public are invited to come down to the Safe and Caring tipi between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to vote for their favourite design,” states the release.

“The Orange Shirt Day logo contest is one way we can keep the conversation going, and is just one of many opportunities we have throughout the year to grow our understanding, recognize the harms done to residential students and to demonstrate commitment to participate in the work of reconciliation,” adds Leslie Ronaldson, executive director at the society.

“Safe and Caring Schools and communities is proud to support Orange Shirt Day throughout the year.”

Alberta’s Orange Shirt Campaign will run throughout the month of September in communities across the province, culminating in Edmonton, on Sept. 28, and in Calgary on Oct. 1.

Albertans are invited get involved in the campaign to pre-order their orange shirts through the Safe and Caring website www.safeandcaring.ca.

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