SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Twenty-nine students from sixteen local primary schools and two schools from Anguilla participated in the 2018 Scotiabank and Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee, Rotary Club-Mid Isle announced in a press statement on Friday.
“The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle invited two persons from each school that participated in the Spelling Bee to their meeting on Tuesday March 12th at Wasabi Charlie to receive their wish list items. Each school that participated was asked to submit a wish list of three items that their prospective school needed.
“Joining Mid Isle at their meeting were representatives from The Seventh Day Adventist School, Asha Stevens Hillside Christian School, The Ruby Labega, Oranje Primary School, Dr. M. Luther King Jr School, M.G. De Weever School, Sister Regina School, The St Dominic Primary School, St. Joseph School, MAC John A. Gumbs Campus School and MAC Maillard Campus. Unfortunately, the Leonald Conner school and the schools from Anguilla were unable to attend. Their items will be presented at a later date.
“Items on the wish list included Smart TV’s, Letter cutter, heavy duty stapler, laminating machine, arts and craft materials, speaker, printer/scanner/copier, playground equipment, copy paper, bulletin boards, toner, picnic tables, art easels, an outdoor water cooler, projectors, radio, standing fans, tablets, digital camera and air fryer.
“Chairlady of the 2018 Scotiabank and Rotary-Rotaract Spelling Bee Grace Linger said that it was a pleasure hosting the Spelling Bee last year and that she is looking forward to the Spelling Bee in October this year. She also informed the schools, that she will not be the chair for this year but that she will fully support the new chair, who will take over.
“After the presentation New Generations Director Jon Hart was introduced as the Chairman for the 2019 Spelling Bee. He informed the gathering that the 2019 spelling bee will be held on October 20th, 27th and November 3rd, 2019 and once again due to popular demand: the tutorials will be held prior to the spelling Bee.
“The objective of this Spelling Bee was to improve literacy and enhance the students’ educational experience. Once again with Scotiabank’s commitment, Mid Isle was able to bring off another successful Spelling Bee.
“President Denise Antrobus said it takes a team to pull off an event like this and went on to thank Scotiabank the main sponsor, all Mid Isle Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, all sponsors, donors, participants, teachers, family, friends and supporters without whom this Spelling Bee would not have been as successful as it was. We look forward to your support for the 2019 Spelling Bee.”