Mitchell’s Plain’s most loved and recognized shopping centre, Liberty Promenade, has partnered with local non-profit organization, Read to Rise, to encourage and promote the importance of reading and art across the community. To achieve this, Grade 3 learners from ten local primary schools have been invited to the shopping centre to compete for their share of R20 000 in cash. Each school will perform a 10-minute theatrical play which they have adapted from a book.
The book which will be adapted and performed by the Grade 3’s is called, _Oaky The Happy Tree. This book is part of The Oaky Series, which was written by three-time, international award-winning Mitchell’s Plain poet, and social philosopher, Athol Williams, and illustrated by Read to Rise’s very own Taryn Lock. Oaky The Happy Tree is a feel-good children’s book about an oak tree who discovers the secret to being happy.Athol Williams feels that the translation of this book into a stage play provides valuable exercises in reading comprehension and active learning. “I am delighted to be part of this initiative with Liberty Promenade because the youth in Mitchell’s Plain are in need of role-models from their own community, and this opportunity can only inspire our talented learners to reach their full potential and unlock their creativity,” he says.Liberty Promenade’s Food Court will be transformed into a breath-taking wonderland, equipped with a theatre-like stage and ample audience seating.“The Oaky Stage Play Competition has created a lot of excitement amongst the public, our shoppers, and most importantly, amongst the participating schools. We look forward to sharing this enriching initiative with all our shoppers”, says Dorothea Wright, General Manager of Liberty Promenade. “We are committed to our community and especially in enriching the lives of the youth and encouraging education. With this in mind, we are proud to sponsor 1600 Oaky The Happy Treebooks for our participating Grade 3 learners”, she adds.The First Round of the competition will be held on November 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd </sup>where the top 4 performances will be chosen. The top 4 finalists will then perform in the Final Round on November 11<sup>th </sup>from 10am to 1pm at Liberty Promenade’s Food Court. Each participant will receive a goodie bag, while the top 4 schools will win their share of the prize money.If your family loves Oaky, then please visit Liberty Promenade from Monday 6<sup>th</sup> November to Friday 10<sup>th</sup> November from 3 to 4pm to meet the official Oaky mascot in person. Oaky_activity books, as sponsored by Liberty Promenade will also be up for grabs!
List of participating schools:
Mitchells Plain Primary School, Huguenot Primary School, AZ Berman Road Primary School, Liesbeeck Primary School, Highlands Primary School, Dennegeur Avenue Primary School, Littlewood Primary School,Meadowridge Primary School ,Montagu Drive Primary School, Rocklands Primary School