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Me, teacher!

Memorable moments as country celebrates educators

BY KARYL WALKER walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, May 08, 2014    

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SHARLINE Smith always wanted to be an educator and yesterday she beamed with pride when her six-year-old charge at the Jackson Basic School in Arnett Gardens, Cianna Steer, was presented with a gift basket by the Jamaica Observer's assistant marketing manager Pamille Shaw.

Cianna won second-place award in the Jamaica Observer's Teachers' Day competition for her essay describing Smith as a most awesome teacher who inspired her to learn.

For her part, Smith won a gift certificate for two adults and two children courtesy of Dolphin Cove.

"Thank you," Smith said gracefully as Cianna looked on adoringly.

The first place winner was Myesha Broadie of William Knibb High in Trelawny.

Myesha's teacher, Roland Smith, won a weekend for two at Jewel Resort, while educator Carole Davis of Ocho Rios High won a day pass for two at the Iberostar Hotel courtesy of an essay penned by one of her students, Kimoya Butler.

All students were presented with gift baskets courtesy of Wysinco.

The presentations were part of Teachers' Day activities, which saw educators at all levels being feted by students, parents and volunteers from Corporate Jamaica.

At the Norman Manley High School teachers on the morning shift were given a well-needed rest as representatives from the LIME Foundation, led by Chairman Errol Miller, took over classes and imparted knowledge to the eager students.

"You see what we have to go through? If you didn't see, it is alright now as some of our students are great pretenders," school Principal Adaire Powell-Brown said jokingly.

The teachers were also feted by students who organised a concert in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites yesterday expressed his appreciation and respect for the nation's teachers who he said offered sterling service to the growth of society, unflinchingly.

"Teachers are called on to create an inspired future for every child, to be lifelong learners, with ingenuity, creativity, critical thinking and good citizenship skills," he said in his Teachers' Day message.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was no less glowing in his tribute to teachers.

He said the profession was a most important avenue for contributing to the development of the country.

"Good teachers, memorable teachers, teach us much more than subjects; they help to teach us to live positively by their words and their actions. A simple 'thank you' for all that they do for us, can never be enough, but on this day every year we take time out to recognise the awesome contribution many of our teachers make day in, day out," said Holness, a former education minister.

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