Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SOS children emerge winners in the Collect-a-Kiwi Can competition.

Two children from the SOS Children’s Village Eldoret, Desmond and Victor who attend the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School in Eldoret were recently declared overall winners in the Sarah-Lee Kiwi competition which ran between May-July 2008. Interestingly, both come from the same house.

The theme for the completion “All about Making”, required the pupils to collect shoe polish tins of different sizes and colours and to answer questions. The judgment of who was the winner was based on the highest collector and the ability to answer the questions correctly.

Participating schools were encouraged to collect and deliver as many used shoe polish tins as possible during the period of the competition. The children collected the tins and took them to school, giving them to them to a teacher who was coordinating the exercise.

Desmond and Victor received beautifully branded T-shirts from the shoe polish company. Speaking after donning his beautiful shirt, Desmond described the day as his best day but one that also made him feel nervous. “When my name was announced, suddenly my heart started beating faster and harder. I was so nervous; I could not imagine myself walking past the students and teachers in the parade to receive my gift. But I gathered courage and gently walked to the Principal, and yes, it was a nice experience since I had never won anything before.” Victor was equally happy and proud for been awarded for a good job done.

This year promises to be full of exciting opportunities as the pupils in standard 4 to 7 will be participating in an essay competition whose theme is “Born in Africa”.

by Fredrick Ochieng

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