Montessori By The Sea storytellers shine

Back, from left, teacher Victoria Norris, Rotary Central Acting President Susie Bodden and Vocational Service Director Sandy McFarlane. Front, from left: Jagger Alban, Gabriella Lulu Mills and Sophia Jackson-Briggs.

An 8-year-old student at Montessori By The Sea school is among the top 10 winners in the Caribbean in a competition for young emerging writers.

Gabriella Lulu Mills earned recognition for her submission, “The Grateful Stingray.”

A number of lower elementary students who participated in the Butterfly Storybook Project earned accolades for their storytelling skills when they were presented with certificates honoring their achievements on March 1. The competition is for young emerging writers in the Caribbean ages 7-11. Rotary Central Grand Cayman sponsored the local students’ entries.

Other students who participated in the contest were Jagger Alban, 8, and Christopher Jackson, 7, who co-wrote “The Giving Pumpkin,” and Sophia Jackson-Briggs and Laila Cassidy, both 8, who co-authored “The Caring Parrot.”

The stories in this year’s contest were to have a Caribbean flavor and reflect the theme of “Giving Something Special to Someone Special” through acts of kindness, friendship, leadership and/or respect, said Rotary Central’s Vocational Service Director Sandy McFarlane.

Gabriella’s winning story was about a little stingray named Tiny who was sad because she had no tail. The little stingray is adopted by a lovely stingray named Ben who gives his tail to Tiny.

“As this is a Rotary project, Rotary Clubs across the Caribbean are tasked with reaching out to local schools in sponsoring as many students as possible to write their story,” said Ms. McFarlane.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the young writers to have their work and talent recognized, and we wish them every success for their future,” she said.

“Rotary Central is committed to fostering education in our children, and we look forward to and are privileged in continuing this support throughout our communities.”