Cayman Prep tops with Disney

Year 6 students honoured for achievement in Disney’s Planet Challenge

In a ceremony on board the Disney Magic cruise ship, Disney Cruise Line honoured 20 students for their winning class project in Disney’s Planet Challenge, an educational programme for students in the Cayman Islands.

The students from teacher Andy Jones’ Year 6 class at Cayman Prep and High School were recognised for their project titled Save our Swallowtails.

Aimed at protecting the swallowtail butterfly native to the Cayman Islands, the students’ project reflected their research into the environmental issues affecting the species and its habitat.

Additionally, the project highlighted the students’ efforts at raising funds and awareness in their community to benefit the habitat of the threatened butterfly.

Throughout the programme, students explored environmental concepts across a number of subjects, including science, mathematics and language arts, and showcased their commitment to education and engagement across their community.

“All of us at Disney Cruise Line are proud to honour these young environmental heroes,” said Captain John Barwis, Master of the Disney Magic. “Our cast and crew members are dedicated to supporting environmental efforts and these students continue to inspire us by their example and enthusiasm.”

Captain John welcomed the winning students aboard for the special ceremony, congratulating them on their achievements and teamwork.

Making a difference

Director of Tourism Shomari Scott commended the students’ accomplishments and dedication.

“These students are making a difference here in the Cayman Islands and raising awareness for environmental responsibility across our local community,” said Mr. Scott. “It’s an honour to join Disney Cruise Line in recognising their innovation and ingenuity in this educational community programme.”

During the ceremony, the winning class was congratulated by officials from Disney Cruise Line and the government of the Cayman Islands, as well as Captain Mickey Mouse, who presented each student with an award for their efforts.

“This is quite an achievement for the students involved,” said Premier McKeeva Bush. “Not only have they instilled national pride amongst themselves and gained a sense of respect for the Cayman Islands environment during their research, but through the DPC programme, their Save the Swallows winning project will create a ripple effect of knowledge throughout the community.

“The DPC programme is another avenue that the government utilises to educate the Cayman Islands community about living and becoming more environmentally conscious. It augments the already existing Cayman Islands Environmental Project for the Tourism Sector programme that takes tourism entities through a series of strenuous steps to become Green Globe Certified.

“As the Minister of Tourism and Premier of the Cayman Islands, I’m proud to stand behind the DPC and CEPTS programmes in an effort to re-educate the nation as a whole on reducing our carbon footprint and preserving our country.”

Disney’s Planet Challenge is sponsored through a relationship with Disney Cruise Line and the Cayman Islands departments of Tourism, Education and the Environment.

The two-part DPC programme consists of an environmental pledge and class project competition.

To date, more than one million students worldwide have taken the challenge.

The programme was created by The Walt Disney Company in 1994 to inspire students to be good stewards of the environment and empower them to make a difference at school, at home and in their local communities.

It is among Disney’s most significant inspirational initiatives, with similar programmes spanning every state in the US and with Disney Cruise Line in the Caribbean.

For more information on DPC and Disney Cruise Line environmental programmes please visit http://environment.disneycruisenews.com

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Cayman Prep Year 6 students with Captain Mickey Mouse.
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