Schoolgirl’s poster in line for peace prize

Forrest and District Lions Club’s Nellie Shalley with Forrest Primary School art teacher Jess Gibson and pupil Melanie Kaartinen-Price.

A POSTER could earn a Forrest schoolgirl international recognition.

Forrest Primary School Grade Five pupil Melanie Kaartinen-Price has made a poster about peace for a Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Melanie, 11, is through to the next stage of the contest after winning a Forrest and District Lions Club competition.

Lions members and people who attended a display of Forrest Primary School pupils’ posters selected Melanie’s entry.

“Peace to me means happiness, love and accepting everyone,” Melanie said.

“No fights, no sadness, no wars. If the world was at peace, the world would be happier,” she said.

Lions Clubs International will announce the overall winner before February 1.

Melanie could win $5000 and a trip to a Lions Day awards ceremony with the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Forrest Primary School has received recognition for its sports activities through a Federal Government Active After-school Communities program.

The school is a finalist in the 2011 state Super Site Award, against other schools and after-school care centres which deliver the AASC program.

About 3270 schools and centres across Australia participate in the program.

Forrest Primary School’s activities have included yoga, hip hop, tennis and football.

“It is great to be recognised for our success in delivering this program – but the biggest reward is watching the kids develop self-confidence and having a go at different activities that they normally wouldn’t have had the chance to enjoy,” principal Ann Buchanan said.

“Because it’s fun and non-competitive, even the most inactive kids are joining in and developing more healthy habits,” Ms Buchanan said.

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