Cayman school kids’ book ending to aid Kenyan school

Published book will be made available in the local libraries

Students at Prospect Primary School are basking in newfound fame after completing the ending to a children’s fictional book which helped raise money to build a school in Kenya. 

The Year 3 class was participating in the Write to Give program organized by Canadian charity World Teacher Aid. This was the first time a school or class from the Cayman Islands participated in this writing initiative, organizers said. Prospect Primary School students collaborated with four schools in Canada to write a narrative story.  

Teacher Jayme Farrell’s Year 3 class was chosen to write the ending of the story. Over a two-week period, they completed the 100-word ending to the book, titled “The Serenity Sombrero,” which has now been published. Copies will be made available in the Cayman Islands Public Library Service and on Amazon.com. 

The students were then able to purchase and/or sell copies of the book they had co-written to their family, friends, and school, and they raised a sum of $300 towards the school building project. 

All proceeds from the book sales contributed to the World Teacher Aid charity. This year, the Write to Give program produced 34 books written by students from the Cayman Islands, Canada, U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Netherlands and Switzerland, selling more than 3,000 copies and raising more than US$45,000 to provide children in Lamolo, Kenya, with a school and resources.  

“While participating in the program, students learned the essential elements of a fiction text, generated interesting ideas with their classmates, and collaborated with schools in Canada,” said Mrs. Farrell. 

“They thoroughly enjoyed writing the ending, especially since they were able to solve the main problem in the story, whilst creating a funny and interesting final thought to the book which would leave the reader with a smile on their face.  

“Through this initiative, students were not only able to develop their literacy skills, but also became global citizens, as they learned about other children’s cultures and needs in the world.”
The students presented Education Minister Tara Rivers and other Ministry of Education and Department of Education Services officials with copies of “The Serenity Sombrero.” 

“I am so excited to receive a copy of the Prospect Primary School’s book and to meet the talented students who co-authored it,” said Ms. Rivers. “Such initiatives are truly important for the development of our students both academically and as global citizens who actively and positively contribute to the world around them.  

“I congratulate the students and their teacher on this success and I hope that more of our schools and students will get involved in such projects.”
Prospect Primary School Principal Gloria Bell said she is extremely proud of the students. “This authentic and rewarding opportunity allowed the Year 3 students of Prospect Primary School to celebrate their admirable desire to make a difference in the lives of others and develop a love of literacy,” Mrs. Bell said. 

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Prospect Primary School students with, back row, from left, Acting Chief Officer Christen Suckoo, Minister for Education Tara Rivers, Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler, Senior School Improvement Officer Roger Morris, Prospect Primary School Year 3 Teacher Jayme Farrell and Senior Policy Advisor and Manager (Curriculum Unit) Clive Baker.

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