From Trash to Haute Couture – JCI Antigua Recycle and Create competition scores high

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To aid in the celebration for World Environment Day, JCI Antigua hosted a ‘Recycle and Create’ Primary School Competition, challenging school-age children to be creative with recyclable materials.

The competition witnessed scores of children from Primary schools throughout Antigua displaying their innovative art pieces made entirely from recyclable materials at the Multipurpose, Cultural and Exhibition Centre on Friday 18th March 2022.

The initiative, the largest of its kind, was a collaborated project between JCI Antigua Environmental Awareness Program (EAP) and the JCI Antigua Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). A total of 12 primary schools participated along with eighty-four (84) registered students who competed.

Pares Primary School copped several awards including the overall winner, second place, and the school with the most entry.

Alina George from Pares Primary School was victorious with a brilliantly designed ball gown made entirely from plastic bags, plastic spoons, and cups. Her creativity stole the show as she modeled the environmentally friendly dress, with an accompanying handbag, made from recyclable materials as well. Alina also diligently explained her competition piece and spoke on the importance of recycling.

Shemarie Willaims, also from Pares Primary School placed second, while Leon Edwards from the Old Road Primary School and A’Jmarie Davis from Divine Academy placed third and fourth respectively.

Education Officer from the Ministry of Education, Ms. Burton gave the highest commendations to the committee for a “well-executed project.”

“Commendation to JCI Antigua for a project like this, one that is included in the curriculum. “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse is very relevant and this competition serves as a reinforcement to which the students are practicing,” Ms. Burton stated during the awards ceremony.

The Education Officer went further to commend JCI Antigua for “leading the charge” in sustaining the environment.

President of JCI Antigua Shenique Barry remarked, “there is no denying that wasted is an enormous contributor to climate change. Especially for our children, recycling should be something taught early on and ingrained as a necessary step to preserving our planet. Teaching children to recycle is a good way to help ensure that the upcoming generations will grow up appreciating our planet and understand their role in preserving it.”

Chairman of EAP Ms. Turkessa Potter and Chairman of YEP Tamorla Milette expressed their gratitude to the schools who participated.

The winner of this year’s Recycle and Create competition received a laptop, an art kit, a school bag filled with school supplies and movie tickets and a trophy made entirely from recyclable material, compliments Andrew Phillip, from Big Red Designs. The second-place participant received a tablet, a school bag filled with supplies, and movie tickets. Third and fourth place winners both received baskets filled with school supplies and other trinkets. Each participant received a token of participation and a certificate of participation.

The top five students will also attend a plastic waste manufacturing workshop hosted by West Indies Sail Heritage Foundation’s Billy Gernertt.

Pares Primary School won several awards including the most entries.

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