Teachers: take your lesson plan "OFF THE RAILS" for a chance to win!

Hey teachers!

  • Are you looking for a way to get your students’ creative juices flowing?
  • Would you like to incorporate multimedia activities into their learning?
  • Are you interested in an innovative way to teach kids about keeping themselves safe?

We’ve got great news for you!

Operation Lifesaver’s national “OFF THE RAILS” contest for kids between the ages of 11 and 14 satisfies ALL of these needs. The contest invites youths to create a thought-provoking and engaging rail safety message that urges their peers to stay off the rails. Working in teams of two or more, youth are encouraged to have fun creating a message in the form of a short video, a poster, a song or even a comic strip.

Students are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively, to explore the options technology offers for spreading messages, and to learn – and share – the behaviours that will keep them safe around railway property. And it can be incorporated directly into the curriculum you’re already teaching.

According to Nicole Mckinnon, a retired principal and education consultant for Operation Lifesaver, the beauty of the “OFF THE RAILS CONTEST” is that it can be included as part of a number of classes that are currently being taught across the country.

“Although the curriculum varies slightly from province to province, the core content remains the same for all of them. This contest can easily be integrated in the regular program either in language arts, visual arts, health or technology. And the best part is, it wouldn’t be an add-on. This contest fits right in and the content is 'real life' and meaningful and relevant.”

Oh, and did we mention, there’s more than $10,000 in prizes to be won?

That’s right, there are four grand prizes of $2,000 and eight secondary prizes of $500 totaling more than $10,000 to be awarded to winning students, classrooms, clubs, teams or schools. The prize money is to be used to promote literacy, numeracy, technology or physical and well-being of students.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011. For more information, visit the contest site at www.offtherailscontest.ca and check out the video below.