NEW JERSEY - A 13-year-old Crossroads South Middle School student was selected as the winner of the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education’s (NJCIE) 11th annual Inclusion Works Poster Contest last week.

Vivian Kin, a rising eighth-grade student from South Brunswick, New Jersey, will receive a $250 cash prize for her winning illustration that represents diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

“Vivian’s poster is powerful,” said Fred Buglione, President and CEO of NJCIE. “It portrays multiple aspects of inclusion by welcoming those students of all abilities. The statement, ‘We are less when we don’t include everyone,’ is bold, inspiring and speaks to why inclusion is important.”

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Annually, NJCIE holds a poster contest for all New Jersey students in grades one through 12. Students have four months to illustrate a poster that highlights why inclusion is important, what it means to them, what it looks like in their communities or how it can be done. Winning posters are professionally printed and distributed to schools across the state.

According to the contest instructions, an inclusive school is one where everyone feels accepted regardless of their learning challenges, differences or disabilities.

About the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education

The New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) is a federally designated 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization serving the parents and educators in the state of New Jersey. Established in 1989 by professionals and parents, the organization supports schools in creating inclusive classroom environments for children with learning disabilities. Since its inception, NJCIE has provided services to nearly 400 school districts in New Jersey; 75 charter, private and parochial schools; and a variety of other educational organizations.

NJCIE is the only nonprofit organization in New Jersey with the sole focus on inclusive education and provides needed expertise to schools and educators on how to include students with disabilities into school communities and classrooms with dignity and equity. The organization works to ensure children with disabilities and learning differences are welcomed as classmates, valued as learners and empowered to succeed. For more information, visit www.njcie.org.  

NJCIE is dedicated to the development of inclusive schools and educational opportunities for all students through:

  • Facilitating positive and supportive relationships.

  • Enhancing institutional capacity to fully and effectively provide inclusive education.

  • Providing training and resources for family members and communities.

  • Providing professional training and technical assistance.