Record numbers take part in anti-bullying fair

Young attendees check out one of the booths at Saturday's Stood Up Interscholastic Fair.

A record number of students participated in Saturday’s Stood Up Interscholastic Fair, at which children were invited to share their anti-bullying efforts and ideas.

This is the second year the Family Resource Centre has hosted the fair, and 85 students took part, double the number that were featured at last year’s event.

The students came from 13 government and private schools and displayed 40 anti-bullying-themed projects at the Arts & Recreation Centre at Camana Bay.

“Vastly increased participation led to larger than anticipated visitor numbers. Members of the public viewed the creative projects, and obtained anti-bullying literature and relevant information from the fair’s partner agency booths,” organizers said in a press release.

Competition entries were evaluated by judges from the Ministry of Education, Department of Counselling Services, United Against Bullying Foundation, and the campaign’s main private sector sponsor, Hurley’s Media.

The winners in the two age categories were:

  • 13-15 years old – (1st) Georgette Ansil, Clifton Hunter High School; (2nd) Natalie Bolland and Charlize Keens, Cayman International School; and (3rd) Kendra Dickson and Tahiti Seymour, Cayman International School.
  • 10-12 years old – (1st) Zariyah Duran and Keira Oliver, Savannah Primary School; (2nd) Nathaniel Lopez, George Town Primary School; and (3rd) Johann Uy and Cohen Ting, St. Ignatius Primary School.

The first place winners in each category received $500, with second and third receiving $250 and $150, respectively.

“We’re delighted that the Family Resource Centre’s hard work paid off in organizing the Interscholastic Fair,” said Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Dwayne Seymour in a press release. “It’s clear from the attendance numbers and the high standard of the entries that the vast majority of schools are using Stood Up’s zero tolerance to bullying to reinforce their own anti-bullying policies.”

The minister, who attended the fair, added, “Talking to the students, they obviously learned a lot from making these submissions while taking on board the campaign’s central message.”