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Sorrows putting on a Majesta push

By Myriam Lublink


Students at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Petawawa are putting their promotional plan into full action this week to move their school into first place in the national Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition.

The school is currently in second place in the national competition and the school that wins, will receive an outdoor classroom valued at $20,000. Winning the competition would mean a huge impact on the community of Petawawa and surrounding area.

“Not only will the students naturally get the most from this project, but the wider community will also benefit from it,” explained student Catherine Bell. “There will be community gardens with music, dance and drama performances and wedding photos can even be taken there.”

Students of Our Lady of Sorrows School can be seen at the entrance to Moncion Grocers, Staples and many other stores every evening and weekend handing out flyers asking people to vote for their school.

“For a town of 16,000 people, to get to that level is nothing short of miraculous,” said Mark Sokolski, Grade 6 teacher and project lead. “We have an incredible town here, incredible community and great support, so people shouldn’t let up now. Let’s see this thing through and win it.”

Students and teachers are dubbing this Friday as ‘First Place Friday’ as they have a big promotional push happening this week. Another rally is planned, students will continue to hand out flyers throughout the community and the school is making a big push through social media as well.

“Jason Blaine has roots to the Valley and yesterday he tweeted ‘I need a thousand votes now for Our Lady of Sorrows School in Petawawa’,” said Sokolski.

“We’ll see how that translates in the actual voting, but we anticipate that we are very close to the top, and if the community really rallies behind us, we plan on taking the lead by Friday.”

Sokolski emphasised the fact that voting once is not enough to push the school into first place. He encourages people to vote once a day and to continue voting until the competition is done in two weeks.

“I really want everyone to vote because it means a lot to everybody in our school and in our community,” said student Julia Tedford.

“To come in first place and get our outdoor classroom would be a huge accomplishment for everybody and I think that would make a lot of history in this school.”

Myriam Lublink is a Loyalist College intern working at The Daily Observer. Follow her on Twitter @LublinkImages

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