Singapore, 22 May 2014 – Innova Primary School has won the inaugural “Shop For Your School” campaign, organised by The Straits Times’ student publication Little Red Dot and sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation).
It won the first prize of $5,000 for its proposed partnership with Fei Yue Family Centre to help the low-income and single-parent families in its neighbourhood.
The “Shop For Your School” campaign is targeted at primary school students who are required to come up with a plan on how to improve their school or community, and create a wish list of how the prize money will be spent.
It was launched on 16 February this year and a total of 125 entries were received during the six weeks via entry forms found in copies of the Little Red Dot. The judges comprised of representatives from Little Red Dot and SPH Foundation.
Temasek Primary School came in second place for its proposal to build an eco-friendly school garden where the produce grown will be given to the elderly residents in senior citizens’ homes as well to the school canteen’s stall owners to promote a healthy lifestyle among students.
Pathlight School, which equips students with autism mainstream academic and life readiness skills, was placed third for its proposal to improve the quality of life for its students with better learning resources such as books and bookshelves. Temasek Primary School and Pathlight School received $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
The schools were presented their prize monies during ceremonies held separately on 27 and 28 May.
Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: “We are very impressed with the quality of the entries received. Based on the entries submitted, it is heartening to know that the students showed compassion and placed the welfare of others before themselves. We believe that this will be a meaningful experience for students and teachers alike and we look forward to seeing the students successfully carry out the projects.”
Ms Serene Goh, Editor, Little Red Dot, said: “"What we love best about the ideas we get from our young readers is how much thought they put into the needs of their immediate community. It reinforces the belief at The Straits Times that they are the best folks to come up with imaginative, civic ideas to make a positive change, right where they are. We are proud and extremely happy to support their ideas and causes.”
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Details of the prize-giving ceremonies
1. School: Innova Primary School (1st place)
Description of Project: Partnership with the nearby Fei Yue Family Centre to help the low-income and/or single-parent families.
Date: Wed, May 28
Venue: 80 Woodlands Drive 17, Singapore 737888
2. School: Temasek Primary School (2nd place)
Description of Project: Eco-friendly school garden where produce will be given to the elderly in old folks' homes, as well as to the canteen stall owners in school, to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Date: Tue, May 27
Venue: 501 Bedok South Avenue 3, Singapore 469300.
3. School: Pathlight School (3rd place)
Description of Project: Improvement of educational resources in school to benefit students by buying new bookshelves and books for reading.
Date: Wed, May 28
Venue: 5 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 569739
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About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005.
For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg
About Little Red Dot
Little Red Dot is a weekly publication that reaches primary schools and engages pupils in the areas of local and global current affairs, values, life and physical sciences as well as English language learning.
It also focuses on values education through cartoon characters designed to teach pupils about traits such as honesty, graciousness and bravery through daily news events.
The Straits Times further engages subscribing schools through events catered for young readers, including art competitions, learning journeys and reading programmes.
The multi-award winning team behind Little Red Dot, and its sister publication IN, for secondary schools, also work on big national projects such as the National Spelling Championship, the National Current Affairs Quiz and the National Youth Media Competition.
About The Straits Times
The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving readers for more than a century. Launched on July 15, 1845, its comprehensive coverage of world news, East Asian news, Southeast Asian news, home news, sports news, financial news and lifestyle updates makes The Straits Times the most-read newspaper in Singapore. Quality news, in-depth analyses, impactful commentaries and breaking stories are packaged to give readers riveting accounts of events in Singapore, the region, and beyond.
The Straits Times' key strength is in its world class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 20 bureaus in major cities around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events from a Singaporean perspective.
In keeping with the times, The Straits Times carries weekly supplements such as Digital Life (DL), Urban and Mind Your Body (MYB) to complement The Straits Times as well as IN and Little Red Dot to cater to young readers in schools. Its many efforts have won multiple international awards from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, as well as the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association.
The Straits Times also has an online presence at www.straitstimes.com. The site features top stories, blogs and online forum threads. Also under The Straits Times' umbrella are citizen journalism site Stomp and online television service SPH Razor.
The Straits Times has won many accolades and awards, including being named Singapore Newspaper of the Year 2013 by Marketing magazine and voted Singapore’s favourite newspaper 2013 by Superbrands. The Straits Times’ website straitstimes.com also won gold in “Best In Online Media” at the 2012 Wan-Ifra Asian Digital Media Awards.