|Youth Day celebration lasts all week|
|Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:47|
Students, parents and teachers from across Providenciales and Grand Turk officially kicked-off this year’s National Youth Day celebration on Sunday, Sept. 19th, marking the beginning of week-long youth festivities on five major islands in the country, including North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos.
In Providenciales, the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex was full to capacity during a 3 p.m. youth service, attended by different government and private school students and teachers. In Grand Turk, a similar event was held at Salem Baptist Church.
During the first half of the week, Youth Day was highlighted during devotions at the following schools: BEST Institute, Wesley Methodist School, Provo Christian School and Enid Capron Primary School in Providenciales; Iris Stubbs Primary and Marjorie Basden High School in South Caicos; and Ona Glinton Primary, Elisa Simmons Primary, H.J. Robinson High School and TCI Community College in Grand Turk.
In North Caicos, Charles Hubert James Primary and Adelaide Oemler Primary conducted a school-wide Quiz Competition, while a teen version of the Quiz Challenge happened at Marjorie Basden in South Caicos.
A spin-off of the television show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” was held in Grand Turk, an open-to-all contest held at the Library Tennis Court. On Monday, parents and children enjoyed a Karaoke night, also held at the Library Tennis Court.
A “Great Kindness Day” activity was also launched at the nation’s capital on Monday where students were challenged to perform as many kind deeds as they can in one day. Teachers asked the students to keep track of their kind deeds. According to Youth Affairs officials, the activity wishes to “reinforce the importance of developing a good relationship with others.”
Other activities during the week included:
On Youth Day holiday on Friday, Sept. 24, the Pastors Fraternal Prayer for the Nation will be one of the highlights in Grand Turk which will be followed by a Youth rally and Youth Talk on the program, “Expressions” on Radio Turks & Caicos.
In North Caicos, a Rally Fair and Fun Day will be held at Raymond Gardiner High School. The celebration will be extended until Sunday, Sept. 26, during a Worship Service at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.
In South Caicos, a Fun Day at the Regatta Village is scheduled.
Meanwhile, Providenciales-based schools are preparing for the annual Banner and Talent Competition to be showcased at the Ball Park area downtown. Defending champions are New Age Academy & Language Centre and Whole Gospel Academy, respectively.
Another highlight on Provo is the colorful parade which starts at the First Caribbean Bank grounds facility and ends in Ball Park.
Led by the Department of Youth Affairs, this year’s theme focuses on the theme “Youth In Action: Inspiring Young Minds to Be Great Minds.”
The theme continues through the remainder of the school year with the goal of engaging more students to be great and excel in school.
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