On Friday last week the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) held the finals of its 2014 Primary Schools Reading Competition at the Arawak House of Culture. At the end Jarret Jean Jacques, a student of the St. Luke's Primary School won the prize for the best reader.

This annual event is organized by DBS Radio in collaboration with Courts and the Ministry of Education with the aim of promoting reading among young children.

In the competition, Louise Aarons of Pioneer Prep placed second and Anessa Laurent of Light House Christian Academy was third.

The winner received a $2000 cheque from Courts and will represent Dominica at the regional reading competition in Grenada.

Before the competition, all ten participants were asked by master of ceremony Felix Henderson: Why do you love reading? Here is a sampling of the answers:

Solika Dupigny, Paix Bouche Primary:

"I love reading because it is the tool for success. Reading helps me to be what I want to be when I grow up. It will help me achieve my life goals."

Makayla Dyer Christian Union Primary School:

"I love reading because I learn from the best. Through reading I get to mingle with and pick the brains of people whom I may never meet in person, like my favourite authors."

Nachante LeBlanc, St Johns Primary

"I love to read because it helps my personal growth. Reading helps me grow as a person and expands my views about life."

Monica Polydore, Wesley Primary

"I love reading because it is a leadership booster. I believe that great leaders are great readers".

Jonathan Honore, Ebenezer SDA Primary

"I love reading because it enhances my communications skills. Reading widens vocabulary which I use in speaking with my family, friends and teachers".