Courts Seventh Annual Schools Reading Competition Launched!
The stage is set for the local leg of the sixth annual Courts Schools Reading Competition, which was launched in grand style on Friday September 11th, 2015 at the Camille Henry Memorial School; School of Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy – Courts Reigning National Reading Champion.
The competition, organized by Courts in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, encourages reading among the youth, assessing fluency, accuracy, enunciation, pronunciation, smoothness, confidence and expression of the participants.
Britney Jongue, Courts OECS Public Relations Officer, spoke on behalf of the company at the launch. “Today is a very special day for Courts St. Lucia as it marks the grand launch of the company’s seventh annual schools reading competition in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour. In 2009 Courts St. Lucia, along with our OECS counterparts Courts Dominica, Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, pronounced that in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in these countries aggressive measures would have to be put in place if we were to effectively combat illiteracy in our countries,” said Ms. Jongue.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Curriculum Specialist for English Language, Mrs Angella Mariatte, commended Courts for its support over the years. She congratulated the finalists and encouraged all students present at the launch to read, as it opens doors of opportunities for them.
The finalists and winner from the local and OECS legs of the competition get to enjoy fabulous prizes compliments of Courts for their efforts. The winner at the National level of the competition, accompanied by a guardian, will get to represent St.Lucia at the Regional Finals. This trip is an all-expenses paid trip, compliments of Courts, and includes airfare, hotel accommodation and spending money for both the student and the guardian. He/she will compete with winners from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Dominica.
In addition to this, the finalists and winner at both the local and OECS stages get to enjoy fabulous prizes for their efforts. At the national level of the competition the winner will receive $2000 cash plus $2000 cash for his/her school.
The first runner-up will receive $750 cash and the second runner-up will receive $500 cash. At the national level, all participants will receive participation gifts from Courts, Digicel, The Lions Club of Castries and the Trophy Centre.
Miss Britney Jongue, Courts OECS Public Relations Officer, and Mrs Angella
Marriate with some of the participants of the Reading Competition.