St. Marys partners with local students for Pride Month poster project

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The Town of St. Marys says they’re partnering with local students on a special Pride Month project.

A grade 7 class from St. Marys DCVI is creating a series of posters about the flags that represent different groups within the LGBTQ+ community.

The same flags will adorn banners on the light posts in St. Marys’ downtown as part of the Town’s Pride Month celebrations.

The 11 different flag posters are meant to educate the community and tourists about different groups within the LGBTQ+ community.

To protect the posters from the elements, the Town is asking downtown business owners to volunteer to display the artwork in their windows. The posters are 11 x 14 inches in size and should be kept in the window for the entire month of June. Business owners who would like a poster for their window can email communications@town.stmarys.on.ca or call 519-284-2340, ext. 432.

The idea came from grade 7 teacher Kristin DeBrabandere.

“When I heard about the Town’s initiative to display the Pride banners for the month of June, I knew I wanted to get my students involved,” said DeBrabandere.

“By creating the posters, we have had the opportunity to deepen our understanding of various gender and sexual identities to be more inclusive in our classroom and school community. We all have gender and sexual identities. We hope other members of the community will take the time to view our posters and educate themselves so we can create a stronger and more inclusive St. Marys.”