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Sep 17, 2018

Do The SMART Thing! Book Launched

Telecom giant, SMART Belize launched its ‘Do The SMART Thing!’ book this morning. The book, which features two short stories for primary school students, was a joint venture between SMART and three teachers of Holy Redeemer School. The purpose of the publication is to inspire and motive children to read. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

“Do The SMART Thing,” a children’s book written by three teachers of Holy Redeemer School was launched this morning. The book features two short stories for the children to enjoy. The first, “Smart is Awesome” was written Ana Wong and Julia Moore. It focuses on the challenges faced by Maria Smart, a character created from life experiences which are meant to build readers with inspiration, motivation and the desire to live successful lives.


Julia Moore

Julia Moore, Teacher, Holy Redeemer Primary School

The whole idea behind the story was to inspire our students, to motivate them a little b it because often times our students feel that as though they are in this on their own.  We wanted to show them teachers in a different light. The story is actually an original peace. It was actually a story that was based on someone’s life. So it was more to inspire and motivate the students that life has struggles but we can overcome these struggles.”


Ana Wong, Teacher, Holy Redeemer Primary School

 “It does teaches our children that everything is possible in life. Once you have the will you can achieve your objective in life.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Did you experience any difficulties in writing the story?”


Ana Wong

Ana Wong

“Difficulties, no because that is what we do in out classroom. We all teach our children and inspire our children to write.”


The second feature entitled ‘The SMART Thing To Do’ was written by Mary Mejia. It took her three hours to finish the first draft before final editing. Her narrative focuses on the importance of education.


Mary Mejia

Mary Mejia, Teacher, Holy Redeemer Primary School

“The central theme of it was the importance of staying in school. We want the students to enjoy school, enjoy reading and know that school is important. I focused on younger children, infant division children. I wanted them to realize that school is fun, school is important and ready is important too.”


But children nowadays have put down the books and grabbed their phones, tablets and laptops to surf the internet, mostly to browse social media. Besides broadening our view of the world, reading fosters creative thinking and problem solving skills. This is why according to PR and Branding Officer, Adelaide Sabido, that SMART decided to be the primary investor in making possible the publication of “The SMART Thing to do!”


Adelaide Sabido

, P.R. and Branding Officer, SMART

It is very critical, we believe, because there is a lot of weaknesses that we see in the language arts curriculum in our education system. Like one of our teachers shared on one of the morning shows this past week, language art should not be something difficult. It is all around us. Language is all around us, we speak, we communicate everyday but if we teach the fundamentals of reading and encourage young students to read then in their academics they won’t have it as difficult to comprehend, to develop their writing skills and to make the language arts curriculum for themselves.”


Ana Wong

Recently children are reading less. Maybe they are not reading book they are reading, they are doing it on their own way but I believe that we need to encourage them to read stories so that they can be more creative and imagine stories and put it in paper.”


Adelaide Sabido

“With that being said, SMART took it upon ourselves as corporate citizenship to promote reading and give a fun avenue to it. It does not have to be strictly academics where you are testing on but reading is fun and it broadens their imagination. It broadens the creative skills that each of them possess.”


Cleveland Staine used his skills to create the illustration for the book.


Cleveland Staine

Cleveland Staine, Illustrator, Do the SMART Thing!

“I follow the storyline that the teachers’ had and tried to put the setting onto paper in terms of art.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Did it take long to put together, to finalize?”


Cleveland Staine

“It was very tedious. I focused on not the time but how the work looked.”


One thousand copies were printed and that was possible due to the partnership of SMART and the Angelus Press Limited. ‘The SMART Thing to do!’ will be distributed to schools countrywide. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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