St. Lucia’s very own, Arianna Mercier will proudly represent the nation at the Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition in Dominica on Thursday. The nine year old is a student of the Camille Henry Memorial School and is also the National Courts St. Lucia Schools Reading Champion.
The company launched a schools competition in 2009 in an effort to join in the fight against illiteracy in schools. This initiative forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility which is primarily geared at providing interminable service to the wider St. Lucian populace.
OECS Public Relations Officer for Courts, Ms Britney Jongue, is in Dominica at the moment where Arianna compete against national champions from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Over the past seven years, Courts OECS has launched a competition specially targeting students between the ages of eight and nine years old. As business leaders, we proudly support the world wide fight against illiteracy in schools especially among our beloved youth. We see this competition as a platform where young readers can get the opportunity to represent their school, district and by extension their nation, to the best of their ability. The Ministry of Education has commended our efforts with an award for excellence in the Education sector. Come Thursday, Arianna will compete for a chance at walking away with $5000 for herself plus $5000 for her school if she is victorious. As a national champion, Arianna will also receive a brand new laptop from Courts as well as special gifts from our partners.”
We at Courts would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the participants the best of luck on Thursday. The company would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministries of Education in the Countries where we operate for their unwavering support over the years. A big thank you to the teachers, principals, parents and family members of the our national participants; with you, this competition would not be a success.
Please be reminded that the finals can be viewed live at ComeSeeTV today Thursday March 3rd at http://www.live.comeseetv.com/event/109/7th-annual-oecs-reading-competition/. Please be sure to tune in and support our National champion as she tries her best to bring home the trophy.