The efforts of two students from John Paul II Collegiate in North Battleford to advocate for those with special needs are being highlighted.
Anicah Poynting and Alex Northcott are two students at JPII who were part of the RCMP Youth Advisory Committee. It was through this committee that they got involved in efforts to bring awareness to those with special needs, with a focus on the Alternate Education Program and Functionally Integrated Program at JPII. According to the school, the two youths made a point of stating the importance of letting students in those programs know that they were a part of the JPII family and have their support.
Despite pandemic obstacles, they were able to raise $333.15 for the programs. They planned a Hat Day for April 7 and 8, and also provided an opportunity for staff and students to wear different colours to promote awareness: purple for Epilepsy, yellow for all disabilities, and blue for Autism. Poynting and Northcott also provided Period 6 classes with materials to create advocacy posters of inclusion and awareness.