Grade six student at the Corinaldi Primary School in St. James, Reanna Jarrett, is the winner of the inaugural Universal Children’s Day Art competition organised by the Sandals Montego Bay region.
Her artwork, illustrating how adults can make the world a better place for children, topped 48 entries submitted by students from primary schools in the parish. She received school supplies, a gift basket, trophy, and a day pass for four at a Sandals resort.
Speaking with JIS News after receiving her prizes at a ceremony held yesterday (November 20) at the John Rollins Success Primary School, Reanna said she was excited to have won. She called on adults to care for children, and to “always make them happy”.
Reanna said her drawing entitled: ‘Let’s overcome the hurdles that exist to create a better world for kids’, is “all about the children our community, and how we need to take care of our children, and parents taking responsibility of their children”.
Meanwhile, Minister with the Assemblies of God Church in Jamaica, and motivational speaker, Rev. Lorane Chisholm, said that the way to make the world a better place for children is for parents to effectively carry out their role.
She said while others may fill in, the responsibility of nurturing children and ensuring that they are properly brought up, belong to the parents.
“No matter how bad or how hard things are, if we make a difference to one child by being a good parent, it will make a difference. It is up to us to stand up, be counted, take authority, understand our responsibility as people and as parents, and do the best we can to make this world a better place for our children,” she stated.
Chairperson of the St. James Parish Council’s Civic and Community Affairs Committee, Councillor Suzette Brown, for her part, lauded the competition, and the focus on the care and protection of children.
Second place in the competition went to Barrett Town All-age School student, Neca Peterkin with her piece: ‘Children are the future’; while third place went to Andrew Malcolm, from Corinaldi Primary, for his illustration entitled: ‘Soaring for a better world for kids’.