1st Place

Ms Lisha Maraj Metivier's Class

Class Proposal: Arima Public Library Volunteer Work

Pupils, along with the guidance and direction of their teachers and parents, will lend general assistance with everyday tasks like shelf straightening, shelf reading, etc. Assistance will also be provided through activities such as cleaning DVDs, cutting materials, and helping organize events (minor projects through the children's library). Visits to the library would be on a bi-weekly basis on the weekends, with timetables and schedules worked out so that each pupil gets ample time helping out.

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Other activities include: “Adopting a shelf,” and making sure its book are always in order. Assisting with children’s craft projects and story hours. Creating bulletin board displays Books will also be donated to the children's library where necessary. The money for this project will be used for expenses such as transportation to and from the library for the children, cleaning materials, art and craft materials. The importance of libraries in the community will be stressed upon the children through these acts of volunteer works and they will see how it is an important community resource that makes learning and education accessible to all. Budget: A rough estimate for a full school's term of this volunteer work would be $5000.

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2nd Place

Ms Melissa Isaac's Class

Class Proposal: Unique with a Difference: Love and Accept One Another

Firstly, I will like to commend Pennacool and Republic Bank for collaborating in such a rewarding exercise. Recently, via social media a video of an Australian boy Quaden Bayles was circulated showing his reaction to constantly being bullied. Upon telling this story to my students the look of horror and sadness masked their faces. It is then we decided we will propose a visit to our very own special school in our Penal community; the Lady Hochoy School.

Read more This school caters to children who are unique; just as we are and who have "different learning abilities." There we wish to spread love, cheer, hugs, meals and tokens of appreciation. The students will foster tolerance and acceptance of differences whilst playing games, singing songs and making new friends. Additionally, should my class graciously win this challenge, a tree planting exercise will also be done to commemorate this victory at both schools. The planting of trees will not only enhance the environment, provide shade or help curb the alarming rate of climate change by increasing oxygen levels, it will also be a monument of pride for these students. They will also have the responsibility of nurturing it. As the tree grows and they too get older and move onto future endeavors the tree will remain as a constant reminder to them that 'hard work reaps great rewards.'

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3rd Place

Ms Christine Rambarran's Class

Class Proposal: Pop Up Library at Freeport Presbyterian School on Saturdays

Reading is a process that involves recognising words which leads to the development of comprehension. Reading books can lead to cognitive mental stimulation and brain exercise, increases your vocabulary, improves your memory and focus, strengthens your writing abilities, enhances the imagination and creates a positive form of entertainment. Reading can also provide an individual with vicarious experiences.

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January

Mario's Pizza and Paint

Congratulations to the students of Ms Christine Rambarran class for their hard work on pennacool VCCE Challenge! These students of Freeport Presbyterian Primary School are the winners of the January Pizza and Paint Prize. Well done!

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February

Mario's Pizza and Paint

Congratulations to the students of Ms Melissa Isaac class for their hard work on pennacool VCCE Challenge! These students of Clarke Rochard Primary School are the winners of the February Pizza and Paint Prize. Well done!

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March

Mario's Pizza and Paint

Congratulations to the students of Ms Lisha Maraj Metivier class for their hard work on pennacool VCCE Challenge! These students of Arima West Government Primary School are the winners of the March Pizza and Paint Prize. Well done!

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