Rotary and Library celebrate successful conclusion of reading program

POSTED: 04/5/12 12:52 PM

Participants in the Readers are Leaders program pose with officials from the Rotary Club of St Martin Sunrise and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library during the ceremony to mark the end of this year’s ‘Readers are Leaders’ program.

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St Martin Sunrise and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library honored all the participants in ‘Readers are Leaders’ program recently. The program, which began in 2011, targets all high school students on St, Maarten, is meant to turn the country’s teenagers into avid readers and young people develop imagination, curiosity and the ability to think outside the box.

Over 100 students participated in the program this year either individually or through the St. Maarten Academy and St. Maarten Vocational School. Each student reads at least two books per month and special prizes are awarded to the best participants. This year’s participants took the challenge very seriously and also participated in other events like a very successful poetry evening.

The winners of this year’s program are Jenice Forbes and Fatimah Karim (St. Maarten Academy); Johnny Elizee and Tamika DeWeever (St. Maarten Vocational School); Lilawatee Arjune and Isaiah Escallier (Jubilee Library submissions). The winner of each group was presented a laptop (donated by Klass Electronics, Boolchands and Zhaveri Jewelers) and the runners-up received a kindle (sponsored by Princess Juliana International Airport and MNO Vervat). All participants were rewarded with goodie bags and pizza to close of the evening. These were sponsored by DHL, Western Union, Nagico Insurances, RBC Royal Bank, Pretty Good T-Shirts and Domino’s Pizza.

“The Sunrise Rotary Club was pleased to be able to celebrate Rotary’s Literacy Month with the successful final event of this year’s ‘Readers are Leaders’ program. It proves once more that our youths are capable and willing to make the effort to improve them self. The Sunrise Rotary Club would like to thank all corporate sponsors for their generous donation and all those who worked tirelessly toward helping our youth discover a new world through reading, namely Karia Arnold and Monique Alberts from the Jubilee Library, the Readers are Leaders’ student board and members of the Sunrise Rotary Club,”  the service club stated in a release.

 

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