CUPECOY, Sint Maarten — As Beyond Kultura Events Foundation visits Sint Maarten elementary and high schools to distribute the new confinement-themed poetry anthology, Captured by Corona, all schools are receiving complementary “Fight Covid-19 — Follow the 3Ws” posters to help students remember the keys to preventing Covid-19.
While designing Captured by Corona, children’s author and BKE founder Loekie Morales wanted to make an even larger impact – with a poster to underscore the book’s message.
With Montessori teacher Marianne Tefft, who proofread the book, Morales mused about the notions of washing hands, wearing masks and keeping social distance.
In a variation on the traditional classroom 3Rs of Reading, Writing and ‘Rithmetic, Tefft “spun” the Covid-19 protocols into the easy-to-recall 3Ws — Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands & Widen the Social Distance – and suggested the three-fingered “W” hand-sign to reinforce the message.
Together, the pair brainstormed the poster-image Super Girl, whom Morales nicknamed Winnie. “She’s a real winner, healthy and powerful and practicing the 3Ws,” Morales says. “If every child follows these Covidprevention rules, they’ll be winners, too.”
BKE’s Captured by Corona books and Follow the 3Wposters were subsidized by N.V GEBE, Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund Caribbean and UNESCO.
Copies of Captured by Corona and posters, mugs, T-shirts and stickers featuring Super-Girl Winnie and the 3Ws slogan are on sale at Shipwreck Shops and from Beyond Kultura at 1721-527-1223.