Learning Partners student, Anika Otsu, has won a BC-wide art competition promoting biodiversity. The Learning Partners program offers flexible learning options for students at Phoenix Elementary.

Anika received a message that her “artwork ‘Midnight Barn Owl’ has been selected as a winner of the Wild Postcard Project @ British Columbia 2018 competition!!!! On behalf of our judges and the entire WPP team – congratulations. We received hundreds and hundreds of entries, so you should be very proud of yourself for this accomplishment. The winning artworks are of a very high standard — and the printed postcards are going to be amazing!”

Anika will be honoured on May 12, 2018 at an Awards Ceremony at Green College on the University of British Columbia campus. A reception and gallery exhibition featuring the winning artworks will take place at that time.

Learning Story, SD64

The artwork competition was initiated by a non profit organization called the Wild Postcard Project (wildpostcardproject.com), which aims to increase children’s awareness of local biodiversity through art. Children aged five to eighteen submitted any type of artwork (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.) that represents BC biodiversity in some way. Anika’s “Midnight Barn Owl” will be one of twelve artworks printed onto postcards which will be sold across BC and online to help local biodiversity go global. The BC based competition is the third competition with the previous two held in Ireland (2016) and the Philippines (2017.)

The Learning Partners program, offered through Phoenix Elementary School, works with students and families to design and support a flexible and personalized program for students. This unique learning program relies on a strong parent partnership alongside opportunities to participate in Phoenix School and Gulf Islands School District events and field trips, and to access school resources. For more information contact Gerri Charlton at 250-537-1864 or by email at learningpartners@sd64.bc.ca.

Based on a story and photos submitted by Gerri Charlton