LU’s grade 7 students performing their dance.
LU’s Dean of Students Danny Fleming delivering his “Dump” monologue.
CAY HILL–Learning Unlimited (LU) Preparatory School held its St. Maarten/St. Martin Day Assembly on Friday under the theme “Clean up St. Maarten” and featured as special guests a beach, Great Salt Pond and the Philipsburg landfill, more popularly known as the dump.
While a majority of the programme featured performances by LU’s students, three of the school’s teachers performed short skits as a beach, the pond and the dump decrying how they are treated on a regular basis.
The dialogue between the beach and the pond focused on how each was being treated. In the beach’s case the amount of garbage left behind after celebrations was highlighted, while the pond complained about being filled in, shrunken in size, and used for disposing of waste, the school stated in a press release on Friday.
The dump, performed by LU Dean of Students Danny Fleming, begged for a solution.
“When is this going to stop? I can’t take it anymore. I had enough. Everyone is blaming me for making people sick and for making the town look bad but it is not my fault,” Fleming cried for the dump. “I would never do this to myself. I feel so ashamed when the tourists stare at me. St. Maarten reduce, reuse and recycle. Give me a fair chance. Build an incinerator in a faraway open land. Do something. How much higher you want me go? My goodness, clouds passing through my head.”
Head of LU’s primary school Amissa President explained that the goal of the 2019 St. Maarten Day assembly was to send a message to the general public to consider reducing, reusing and recycling. In this context, part of the programme was a “Trashion Show” which saw students displaying trash items they find around their homes.
“The message was about keeping St. Maarten clean, not just beautiful,” President said.
LU’s stage backdrop was made of recycled materials showcasing St. Maarten. The tree trunks were made of newspaper intertwined with brown paper from Amazon packages, while the leaves were all Sprite, Ting and Heineken cans. The “Clean Up St. Maarten” sign was made up of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Carib Beer and Canada Dry cans, as well as egg cartons used for the word “UP”. The sea was made of layers of plastic bottles and Pepsi cans and the sun emitted its rays with yellow bottle caps of two different sizes.
“This is indeed a true example of ‘Trash to Treasure’,” President said.
The rest of the programme featured dances by students and other entertainment.
Caretaker Prime Minister Wycliffe Smith, caretaker Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Stuart Johnson, caretaker Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Chris Wever, and Members of Parliament Rolando Brison, Tamara Leonard and Ardwell Irion were all in attendance.