The finalists in the recent stamp contest

The finalists in the recent stamp contest

Students create heritage stamps

The 2016 Vernon Heritage Fair kicked off with a contest for elementary school students

Canada Post brought out a series of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization heritage theme stamps and recently, a number of Vernon students also created stamps with a Canadian heritage theme.

As the launch project for the 2016 Vernon Heritage Fair, students were asked to create a stamp based on Canadian history. They were also asked to provide a written explanation as to why the stamp was significant to them.

BX, Coldstream, Harwood, Okanagan and St. James participated. Each classroom selected 10 entries to be considered for judging. From the 103 entries, six were chosen as finalists: Carter Vanderleest, Ben Turuk and Max Stewart from BX and Alena Collie, Megan Henderson and Man Vo from Okanagan Landing. Collie was overall winner; she received a $50 award and her stamp will appear as the logo on T-shirts given to students participating in the fair.

The Vernon Heritage Fair is a project of the North Okanagan Optimist Club, taking place April 8 at Schubert Centre.  See www.vernonheritagefair.org