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Screen_shot_2013-10-16_at_8.10.02_PMThe Pan American Health Organization “PAHO” has partnered with schools throughout the Americas to set a new Guinness World Record for a mass hand-washing. Global Hand washing Day is celebrated every year on October 15th with the objective of having over 1 million persons, primarily students, wash their hands at the same time even while being in different locations across the region.


Forming part of the Global initiative on October 15th was Compassion Primary School in the Village of Yo Creek in Orange Walk who celebrated the event by holding various activities in which the importance of washing ones hands properly was shared with students.


Compassion School also took part in an international video and narrative competition organized by PAHO. Garnering 533 votes for a video entitled “Hand Washing Song” Compassion School managed to bring home the second place prize and were awarded 1st place after winning the poem competition with their poem entitled “Washing Hands”.


Manuel Rejon – Principal Compassion School.


“I received an e-mail from PAHO inviting schools to participate in a video and poetry competition and so as the class teacher of standard six I decided to encourage my students to participate and so I gave them as part of their assignment to come up with a poem and also the lyrics for a song and after that I decided to record the video for them and assist them wherever I could and that is how we entered in those two competitions.  Everything had to be focused on the importance of washing the hands and how washing the hands is very important that it is a simple as but very important that can save lives so that is the main message behind the video and the poem.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How many students you have participating in this?”

 

Manuel Rejon – Principal Compassion School.


“Well, in the video competition I had three students and in the poetry one student.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“So what was the process for you all?”


Manuel Rejon – Principal Compassion School.


“Well, we had to first come up with the video, with the lyrics, recorded and then uploaded on YouTube and then we had to get assistance or votes from different persons so that they can get, the more votes we get the better for the video so we could be declared a winner.  Yes, in collaboration with this world global hand washing day, we had an activity here in school whereby even the personnel from the ministry of education were present and each class had to do something to display the importance of hand washing.”


The video that was able to capture the second place prize was produced by students; Danielle Carrillo, Owen Novel, Bryan Hernandez and Kadin Mendez.  The video and poem were submitted in the Gold Category and in the age range of 10 to 16 years. 

 

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