Students at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School have researched national parks all across Canada and the one they would most like to visit is Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland.
"One of the students in our class actually visited Gros-Morne and the more we heard about it, the more we knew it was the national park we would like to see together as a class," says Angele Monette, a Grade 8 teacher at Monsignor Uyen, St. Clair Catholic's French Immersion school in Chatham.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of confederation, Parks Canada has launched the 'Canada's Coolest School Trip!' contest and the top prize is an all-expense paid trip to the park the students would most like to visit.
"The students' research resulted in some interesting facts about Gros-Morne," says Ms. Monette. "It is the second largest park in eastern Canada and one of the most unique geological sites, stretching across 1,805 square kilometers of western Newfoundland. It has over 20 hiking trails and the highest waterfall in eastern North America."
In order to participate in the contest, the students have entered a video, which is posted to a Parks Canada website at myparkspass.ca Canadians from across the country are invited to log in and vote for their favorite video from March 6 to 24. After March 24, the top ten videos will be judged by Parks Canada, to select a final winner.
"It's been a very exciting project," says Ms. Monette. "We're asking all of our friends and fellow students to log in and vote for us!"
In the photo above, students in Ms. Monette's Grade 8 class at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School research facts about Gros-Morne National Park in Newfoundland. Below, view the video contest entry produced by the class.