Miss Cacoon Primary contestants sashed
Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
WESTERN BUREAU:The six contestants in the Miss Cacoon Primary School pageant were sashed in a ceremony in the Dias community square in Hanover, on Tuesday.
Parents, sponsors, teachers and well-wishers were among those who attended the event to watch the girls provide a preview of what is to come on Saturday, December 13, when the crowing will be staged on the school grounds.
The six contestants are Jahneil Dixon, Elesia Davis, Daneka Bailey, Liandra Griffiths and Dazene Hinds, all 10-year-old grade-five students, and nine-year-old Kierecia Chisholm of grade four. According to pageant coordinator Sharaine Crooks-Preval, the event will consist of an introduction, casual wear, evening wear, talent piece and a question-and-answer segment.
"This is the first time that we are staging such an event. We started preparing them for this, from October," she said. "It will be a good family event. There will be performances by members of the school's festival group and a special guest artiste in the form of this year's Digicel Rising Stars winner, T Rizzy. We will have refreshments on sale and will also be having a gate prize and other giveaways."
The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $15,000, $8,000 and $5,000, respectively as well as other prizes. There will also be sectional prizes for the Best Talent Piece and the Most Congenial contestant. The main sponsors of the event are Prestige Baby Clothing and Accessories store, Talia Watson, Glitter Fashion Store, San Uprising, GY & Celia Partners, and Stargirl Inc.
Senior teacher and grade-four coordinator Nervalene Crooks, told Western Focus that the idea was conceptualised in a bid to raise funds to erect a chain-link perimeter fence at the institution.
"There is a real need for safety and security for the children and all the workers as a whole. We know that it is important to make the children safe and the fence is important because we have been having a lot of intruders; outsiders who come to the compound and even come on to the corridors where you are teaching at the classrooms and disturb the children. And once you look around and see that they are not paying attention, you know it's the intruders," she explained.
"The place has to be conducive to learning, and so we have to fence it to keep them out, to keep the children safe and concentrated on their schoolwork. She said the children are very concerned about the intrusions and have even written letters in class about it," she said. "So we want the parents and community members to come out and support us in whatever way they can - cash, kind, their presence, anything. It is for a worthy cause and it will benefit everybody."
The Cacoon Primary School is on approximately five acres of land, with a population of approximately 260 students. The school property also houses an infant department and an ASTEP (Alternative Secondary Transitional Programme) centre.