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Students across Gippsland are in the final weeks of what has been a school year unlike any other.

Like so many things in 2020, events to mark the end of the academic year will also look different this year.

One thing that will remain unchanged at presentation nights for secondary schools is the support of local MP Darren Chester.

Mr Chester is again supporting many schools’ civics and citizenship prize that’s awarded to students who make an outstanding contribution to their community.

Mr Chester said the theme for the books selected for this year’s prize was ‘resilience’.

“This year has been a challenging year for everyone,” Mr Chester said. “Our students have faced big changes to the way they interacted with their teachers and their classmates and how lessons were presented.

“The coronavirus pandemic has given people around the world an opportunity to show their resilience in the face of rapid change and uncertainty.

“In Gippsland, we should all be proud of what we have achieved this year, particularly our students.”

Secondary students in the electorate of Gippsland who receive a civics and citizenship prize supported by Mr Chester will receive one of two titles. One is melanoma survivor and Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead’s autobiography, Roughy. The other is Eddie Jaku’s The Happiest Man on Earth, a story of how Mr Jaku, a Holocaust survivor who turned 100 this year, found gratitude, kindness and hope in the darkest place on earth.

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