Elmwood’s anti-racism poster wins Jo Cox Memorial Award

Elmwood Infants and Nursery School in Thornton Heath has won the Jo Cox Memorial Award at the annual Show Racism the Red Card prize giving.

Pupils from Elmwood school collect the Jo Cox Memorial Award, with Gareth Southgate making the presentation

This is the eighth year that the school has won an award at the national competition run, and some of the staff, children and parents attended the ceremony at Leicester City football stadium to receive the honour.

Iona Lawrence, a director of the Jo Cox Foundation, selected Elmwood as the winning entry, and Gareth Southgate, the former Crystal Palace player, now England manager, was on hand to congratulate the winners.

“We’re so, so proud to have been chosen for this award,” said Zoe Harris, the head teacher. “The school takes the Show Racism the Red Card competition very seriously every year because it’s such an important subject.

“It was fantastic to be told by Iona that Jo would have loved the poster the children designed – in fact she told us it would have made her laugh, which is so nice to hear.”

Elmwood school’s award-winning poster design. ‘It would have made Jo Cox laugh,’ according to one of the judges

Ged Grebby, the chief executive of the anti-racism organisation, said: “The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries.”

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