Dame Pear­lette Vis­its Grow Well Inc.

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy paid a visit to the Grow Well Cen­tre to the de­light of chil­dren and vol­un­teers alike. This year Grow Well cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary of ser­vice to the Gros Islet com­mu­nity. At the Cen­tre, of­fi­cials briefed the Gover­nor Gen­eral on Grow Well’s many af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties for un­der-served youth and on the up­com­ing Young Au­thors Com­pe­ti­tion. Pres­i­dent Paul Lorde, Vice Pres­i­dent Colleen New­man and Trustee Jonathan Everett in­tro­duced vol­un­teer pro­gramme lead­ers and their young charges, many of whom had ques­tions for their en­ter­tained head of state.

The Young Au­thors Com­pe­ti­tion in­vites chil­dren un­der 18 who at­tend pri­mary and sec­ondary school in Gros Islet or who be­long to the Grow Well Li­brary to write a short story on a theme based on Grow Well’s 20th an­niver­sary motto: car­ing, shar­ing, vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing oth­ers. The com­pe­ti­tion honours Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Pear­lette Louisy for her love of coun­try and de­vo­tion to ed­u­ca­tion. En­try forms are avail­able at school of­fices and at the Grow Well Cen­tre in Gros Islet.

For this 20th an­niver­sary, Grow Well spon­sors and sup­port­ers have ‘gone all out’ and have been ex­tremely gen­er­ous with prizes in­clud­ing nine Kin­dle Fire HD tablets, books by St. Lu­cian au­thors, e-book cer­tifi­cates and many other ex­cit­ing gifts and books. The com­pe­ti­tion closes March 17 and a grand award cer­e­mony is planned for March 25th at the Gros Islet Sec­ondary School in Beause­jour. Grow Well’s prin­ci­pal spon­sor is the Ro­tary Club of Gros Islet.

Mem­bers of Grow Well's Girls' Cir­cle model hats they de­signed for the Gover­nor Gen­eral. Mem­bers of Grow Well's Re­me­dial Read­ing Pro­gramme, its li­brary, and its com­puter lab were in awe but soon lost their shy­ness as Dame Pear­lette en­cour­aged them to read to her and share in­for­ma­tion about

their com­puter projects.

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