Students Celebrate Differences

The 7th Annual Student Crime Stoppers School Symposium was held at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on November 25, 2015. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Differences”. The theme focused on the promotion of student acceptance of others who face discrimination because of mental health problems, sexual orientation, and diversity differences.

Two students from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS, Louisa Bastone and Alan Kravtchenko, were honoured at the symposium for their poster designs. Both submissions were chosen as the winning entries in the Crime Stoppers poster design competition from more than 100 entries from schools across York Catholic and the public school boards.

Louisa’s poster featured the colours of the rainbow superimposed on a student’s outstretched arm. Alan’s poster featured the reflection of a person in the iris of an eye, with a slogan that read: Don’t be the one to stand by and watch. Be the one to make the call. Both students received a $250 cheque for their winning entries.

Crime Stoppers is a community organization that relies on responsible individuals to help create a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. Students can stand up against bullying, discrimination and hate crimes by making an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submitting a tip on-line at Students can also use the York Catholic District School Board’s Report It! Form to make school staff aware of any inappropriate student behaviours.