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Sunset Optimist Club hosts quiz competition for basic schools

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Children from five schools in Annotto Bay, St Mary, were last Monday exposed to a modest quiz competition put on by the Sunset Optimist Club of Annotto Bay in an effort to present the community in a positive light.

The competition featured students at the basic school level and was welcomed by the community, which sees it as a way of showing that there is good there.

“The aim of the competition is to build a spirit of comradery,” Moya-Kay Ming, vice-president of the Sunset Optimist Club of Annotto Bay, said.

Ming said that the competition would also help parents to realise the importance of the early childhood stage of education.

“This is a way to show that the foundation of education starts here,” Ming, who is also an early childhood educator in the community, stated.

She said the focus of many competitions is usually at the primary and high school levels so as a result, it was important to bring basic school in focus.

President of the club Errol Green said that the competition will also show parents that their children can do well attending the schools in the community.

“They do not have to send them to schools outside the community,” Green said.

He added that the competition has been a welcomed venture, with schools in nearby communities already asking to be included in next year's competition.

The five schools which participated in the competition “wowed the community with their brilliance and spirit of competitiveness” he said. Gospel Chapel emerged winners of the competition after an exciting match at Annotto Bay Baptist Church. The young, but vibrant players defeated the very competitive Annotto Bay Infant School to claim the titleas winners of the first basic school's quiz competition.

In the third-place play-off Iterboreal Basic School defeated St James Basic School. Senior Basic School was the other school which participated in the event.

Parents had high praises for organisers of the event. They agreed that the competition helped in developing a sense of community pride.

“It is good and exciting. It can uplift the community and people can learn from their children,” Sandra Cole, a proud aunt of one of the students, said.

Errol Green commended parents for supporting their children in the competition. He said he was especially pleased to see the fathers supporting their children by attending the competition.

“It's good to see the fathers who take time out to attend. It is a great feeling to see you are here supporting your children,” Green said.

In the meantime, Green called on parents to teach their children good ethics. He also encouraged them to ensure they send the children to Sunday or Sabbath School, and to ensure that they get an education.

“These three things are very important,” he told them.

—Renae Dixon

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