Voice of Our Children launches essay competition

POSTED: 05/7/12 1:22 PM

St. Maarten – The Voice of our Children (VOOC) foundation launched an essay competition on May 1 challenging public school students to pen their thoughts on “How to encourage my peers to become more attentive in school to attain a good education and eliminate bullying.”

The competition is open to third, fourth and fifth grade elementary school students and all levels of high school. President of VOOC, Sharmaine Olivacce said that “sometimes people have problems paying school fees and this is a way of us encouraging children to write while at the same time rewarding one elementary school student and one high school student with the full payment of their school fees for the 2012/2013 academic calendar.”

All entries must be submitted by June15 ina sealed envelope. It is to be dropped off upstairs on the top floor of the vehicle inspection facility on Bush Road between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Though no maximum word count has been established, Olivacce is encouraging students to write at least one letter size page (elementary) and one and a half page (high school). The essay contest is being described as friendly by the organizers which serve as a continuation of VOOC’s initiatives and as a means of sharing its proceeds among the youth population of the island.

VOOC currently has an anti-violence campaign which raises awareness about school violence and bullying. An ambitious video project in this regard was launched earlier in the year with Olivacee promising to fulfill its full execution once production equipment arrives on the island.

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