NE set to take part in Anne Frank competition

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Schoolchildren from across the north-east are being encouraged to enter the popular annual awards dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank.

The GREC Anne Frank Awards 2013, run by Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC), celebrates diversity, equality and human rights.

Last year’s event, which received a record number of entries, was won by pupils and staff from Meldrum Academy, while Central School in Peterhead finished runners-up.

The awards are now open to all primary and secondary-aged pupils at schools across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. Schools have until Friday, March 29 to submit their entries.

Steve Roberts, awards co-ordinator at GREC, said: “The GREC Anne Frank Awards are always a highlight in our programme of events. After last year’s success, it will be interesting to see if 2013 can surpass those high standards.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the excellent work already done in schools throughout the north-east to promote equality, diversity and human rights.”

The awards, which are again being supported by commercial cleaning specialist Contract Solutions Grampian (CSG), will be presented on Friday, May 3. All participating pupils will receive a GREC Anne Frank Awards certificate for their efforts.

Calum Johnston, commercial director at awards supporter CSG, said: “We’re delighted to continue to support this worthwhile competition for north-east schools where pupils celebrate diversity and promote equality and harmony.”

The awards are one of the few initiatives allowing schools to salute the courage of the young Dutch girl and her Jewish family who perished as a result of Nazi persecution.