Reading champ gets Digicel handset

Reading champ gets Digicel handset

Digicel St. Lucia supported the 5th annual Courts Schools Reading Competition which was held at the Civil Service Association (CSA) Center on September 30, 2013.

Petra Robinson of the Plain View Combined School emerged victorious in the competition and received a Digicel DL 600 Android.

As the ‘Be Extraordinary’ network, Digicel has always been in the forefront of youth development and constantly supporting educational-based initiatives which challenges the youth to strive for excellence. Courts St. Lucia has managed to develop an avenue which helps nurture the reading skills of children in St. Lucia.

The Courts Schools Reading Competition was into its fifth year and attracted participation from primary schools within eight districts. The competition comprised students ages eight and nine years.

Eight students – Kyle Sealy (La Croix Maingot Primary), Frayne Peter (Saltibus Combined School), Shayne Savory (Camille Henry Memorial), Raquel John (Canaries Primary), Shernessa Joseph (Ti Rocher Combined School), Milani Payne (Montessori center), Kareem Nicholas (St. Aloysius R.C. Boys’ Primary) and Petra Robinson (Plain View Combined) – ultimately became the representatives of their school district in the national leg of the competition.

Digicel is passionate about the youth and seeks to partner with like-minded organizations whose primary focus is to improve the educational output level of the youth, thus allowing them to explore their potential.

“Digicel is committed to this initiative and was pleased to support the competition once again as it attempts to develop the reading capabilities of St. Lucian youths,” said Marketing Manager Kerchelle Jn. Charles.

“Placing emphasis on the development of reading skills that ultimately lead students to better express themselves is important, and Digicel will continue to play its part in raising awareness on improving this vital skill within the nation’s children,” she added.

At the competition the participants were instructed to read two segments: The “Narrative” where each student was presented with the same article and “News Pieces,” based on actual events recently broadcast on our local television stations. The competition was a very exciting one and was keenly contested, but in the end the Plain View Combined School emerged victorious for the second year.

Petra was elated to have won the competition and receive her very own Digicel DL 600 android handset. When informed of the amazing features her new handset contained and how much of an educational tool it could be, if properly utilized, Petra was beyond words, but in the end was able muster up the courage to express her delight to Digicel representatives.

Young Petra Robinson, the proud St. Lucian winner will represent her school and country in the regional round of the competition to be held here in St. Lucia on October 31, 2013.

Digicel joins the rest of St. Lucia in wishing Petra all the best in the upcoming competition.


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  1. The outcome would have been different if the microphone had been set up correctly for all of the the children. Poor job by the technician.


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