Students from the Rock Christian School and Hilda Skeene Primary School walked away with top honours in the Community Development Department’s inaugural Healthy Living Poster and Notebook Competition.
In an effort to create awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the department opened the competition to primary school students between the ages of eight to 11, requiring them to submit posters on the theme, Diet Plus Exercise Equals Prevention.
“We are hopeful, as a department, that we can play a supportive role to the Ministry of Health and Education and that together we can achieve the goals set in the area of re-education of NCDs,” said Chief Community Development Officer Patricia Hackett-Codrington at the prize giving ceremony at the department’s Warrens, St Michael office yesterday.
She added that over the next year, the department will set up social development committees which would engage with the community.
Hackett-Codrington said the competition was the brainchild of two community development aides and was readily accepted.
The top prize in the competition went to Tahirah Mann of the Rock Christian School, while Hilda Skeene Primary School students Zyanna Waithe-Marshall and Ashleigh Turney came second and third, respectively.
Mann and Turney won bicycles, while Waithe-Marshall walked away with a trampoline.
All participants received gift vouchers compliments the City of Bridgetown Co-operative Credit Union.
Hackett-Codrington said the competition would become an annual event.