Students win for their depictions of ways you can “Be A Hero”

The York Catholic District School Board congratulates Daniel Fernandez, Grade 11 student at St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS in Woodbridge, and Matthew Lee, Grade 10 student at St. Augustine CHS in Markham who were two of three winners for the 2015 Student Crime Stoppers of York Region Poster Design Contest. The Board also congratulates Alice Chan from Markham District HS who also won.

The students unveiled their winning posters at a press conference held on January 26th at 5 District Police Headquarters in Markham, where they were also interviewed by media about their designs.  Several law enforcement dignitaries applauded the students at the conference, including Eric Jolliffe, York Region Chief of Police, David Forster, President of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and Canadian Representative to Crime Stoppers International, who helped unveil the winning posters. Jack Hurst, Chair, Crime Stoppers of York Region presented each student with a $250 cheque for their winning entries.

The annual contest was open to YCDSB and YRDSB elementary and secondary school students. The theme for this year’s contest was “Be A Hero,” and the student submissions needed to relate how students could “be a hero” by anonymously reporting criminal activity to Crime Stoppers.

Daniel’s poster featured silhouetted students holding their cell phones illuminating the dark around them. It communicated the message that students’ phones are tools to light the way for help.  

Matthew’s poster featured a single student darkly obscured in the background, out of focus, holding a phone forward with the screen visible calling Crime Stoppers. A message above it read: ‘You don’t need a mask to save a life,’ conveyed the hero-theme well.

“Incorporating these poster designs into our curriculum ties directly into our Catholic social teachings,” said Nathan Shrubsole, Teacher at St. Augustine CHS. “This contest is about students helping students. Any time you can extend a project outside of the borders of your classroom into the school community and beyond, it helps add meaning and the students really get more out of the experience.”

The winning posters will be displayed at the 2015 Crime Stoppers of York Region School Symposium taking place on Thursday, March 5th, at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The Symposium will touch upon a range of leadership issues for students to can help to create a safe and supportive learning environment. Topics such as bullying and mental health issues will also be addressed.