Schools get jingle fever

Cayman’s primary school children are literally singing the praises of recycling and waste reduction, with four schools submitting “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” jingles for an Earth Month competition hosted by the Department of Environmental Health.

In line with the Earth Month celebrations in April, the Department of Environmental Health encouraged all primary schools across the Cayman Islands to create and submit catchy jingles with the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” theme.

This competition was aimed at increasing awareness and education about waste reduction through reusing and recycling, in order to promote a more sustainable environment and to cut back on the amount of disposable single-use items that are consumed. Cayman Prep, St. Ignatius, Edna M. Moyle and Truth For Youth primary schools all took part in the event, submitting a total of eight jingles. Cayman Prep submitted five jingles total, and all of the other schools submitted one each.

The teams from Cayman Prep, St. Ignatius and Edna M. Moyle, who were judged by an internal body at the DEH as the top three competing schools, were invited to the Government Administration Building in George Town on Monday afternoon, where they found out where they had placed in the competition.

The St. Ignatius team came in first place with their rap song “Trash Talk,” winning $500 in gift certificates from A. L. Thompson’s, the Music Box in Camana Bay, Subway and the Book Nook. Dylan Scott, Janae Thompson, Jude Solomon, Kyan Okoli, Felix Muhlanga and Andre Massias created the jingle with their teachers Guy Rogers and Vito Biliti.

Councilor David Wight, who represented the Minister of Youth and Education, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, read out a statement on her behalf. “As a government, we want to ensure all Caymanians benefit from a healthy environment and are taking positive steps to get these beloved Islands living more environmentally consciously,” said Mr. Wight. “I appreciate that though you are young, you realize how important it is to live a life that is aware of the need to protect all aspects of the environment.”

Edna M. Moyle school came in second place with the song “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” which was sung to the rhythm and beat of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” They received gift certificates with a value of $350. The Cayman Prep team came in third place, winning $150 in gift certificates. All three schools in attendance performed their winning jingles at the ceremony.

“I am very impressed by the commitment to the environment and to your future which [you] students showed by taking part in this competition,” Minister of Environment Dwayne Seymour told the students. “Simply by taking part in the school jingle competition, you have proven that you are up for any challenge.”

The DEH is currently looking at the possibility of incorporating sections and excerpts of all three of the winning jingles to be broadcast on radio as a part of its waste reduction and recycling campaign.

The entries from the four schools can be found on the Department of Environmental Health’s Facebook Page or on its YouTube channel.