Together We’re Better Contest


The Together, We’re Better contest is an annual contest inviting individual students to submit a story/poem or a class to submit a video expressing why class is better because students who have an intellectual/developmental disability are included and everyone is learning together.  The intent is to have students and classes to begin thinking about inclusion and start a conversation about how a diverse class offers a better educational experience for all students.

Winning prizes include resources for the classroom, a pizza party, a tablet (for individual entries) and much more! The contest is now closed for 2020-2021. Want to learn more about the contest and get ready for next year’s contest? Take a look at below.

What We’re Looking For

Although learning looks different this year with physical distancing measures in place, including all students in every aspect of each learning day is ever important.
Submit a class video (5 minutes or less) or an individual story/poem (250 words or less) describing:

how your class (online or in-person) maintains the inclusion of students with an intellectual disability during COVID-19
why is your class better because everyone is learning together?

Who Can Participate

Elementary school students (kindergarten to Grade 8) who live in Ontario (whether you are learning in class or in a virtual classroom).

How to Enter

Email togetherwearebetter@communitylivingontario.ca with the subject line Together We’re Better.

In your email to us, please make sure to include your name, grade, teacher’s name and email address, and your school’s name and address.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 winners! Check them out below.

1st Place Class: Deanne Osborne’s Grade 3/4 Virtual Class
St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Elementary Virtual School
Teaching from: St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School with French Immersion

1st Place Individual Entry: Carson Guldie
Grade 3
WECDSB Elementary Virtual School