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Rothesay(N.B)/Ottawa, May 20 (Canadian-Media): A 15 year old girl from Rothesay, New Brunswick (N.B.) won Kurt Hahn Prize, an international award, for her innovative plan to provide school for Caribbean island, media reports said.
The prize is awarded annually to a student or group of students, in recognition of an exceptional act of service to others, within Round Square's network of about 180 schools in 50 countries.
Heather Chisholm, a Grade 10 student at Rothesay Netherwood School will be formally recognized at a ceremony in Montreal in September.
Heather Chisholm/Courtesy of CBCNews
Area 506 Festival in Saint John, N.B. which featured a shipping container village inspired Heather last summer to create a pre-school building from retired shipping containers for the Caribbean island of Dominica, devastated last year by Hurricane Maria.
She secured shipping containers with the help of a local businessman, local architects, engineers and tradespeople on design plans and developed a budget.
She recruited 24 classmates to help with everything from fundraising to gathering furnishings, equipment and school supplies.
Her former art teacher Tia Saley, who has been working with her on the Schools for Schools project, and nominated her for the Round Square Kurt Hahn Prize.
Teachers, classmates, local companies and community members have all donated their time, expertise and resources toward the project.
The plan was to convert and customize either two 40-foot containers or three 20-foot containers into a pre-school for up to 40 children in the Kalinago Territory, the home to the last of the indigenous people of the Caribbean.
"The shipping containers, originally built to withstand 100 mile an hour winds and 50-foot waves, are tough [and] durable making them an ideal shell for a classroom in tropical Dominica...will offer a safe and much needed learning space for children affected by the storm." Round Square said of Heather's plan.
Comeau McKenzie Architecture, Fundy Engineering and First Choice Ventilation are helping to finalize the design and materials.
Her initial plan was have the school up and running by this fall, but later decided to ship the containers by April 2019, so that teachers have plenty of time to set up and settle in by September 2019.
Reflecting on the past year, Heather said "the whole process has been pretty incredible…"It's easy to dream and it's easy to think about all the things that you could do… to see that it can actually take form is pretty inspiring."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)