More students of Sundial to participate in art competition

POSTED: 04/16/15 6:21 PM

St. Maarten —Several students of the Sundial School have joined the team of potential artists to participate in the First Response art competition which will be judged by some local persons who are known for their extensive knowledge in art. The students will have an opportunity to compete amongst their peers at the different secondary schools on the island.

The representatives of First Response said that the reason that they decided to get the schools involved in this project was because the crime rate on the island is increasing. She pointed out that in the South Reward area alone there were 28 robberies in two months for this year and in the previous year 35 robberies were reported in the same area.

She explained that with this type of statistics one could imagine what the figures will look like over 12 months. “Something has to be done to stop it,” which is one of the reasons that the students of the secondary schools have been asked to participate to give suggestions through art to stop the violence whether it is robbery, murder, drugs, bullying, fighting or kidnapping.

The students were told that their art must depict how to prevent these crimes and should indicate security, protection and prevention “which should come alive in their art pieces for the competition.” The deadline for submission is April 29 and the winner will be announced at a formal event at the Westin Resort, Casino and Spa.  Participants were told that all the art pieces must include the logo of First Response.

“We have seen pieces of art with superheroes such as Ninja Turtles, Batman and animals with the logos on them,” a company representative explained. The students were questioned about their understanding of the words Secure, Protect and Prevent and were able to provide satisfactory answers.

The first prize for the competition includes state of the art surveillance equipment for the entire school.

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