Article by: Ming En

Our Scouts were given cards and badges from the Shine movement, and were reminded by the volunteers of the event to pass around the cards after doing a good deed. They were  then ushered onto the stage, along with others from neighbouring schools to take pictures to capture  and remember this iconic moment. Cameras clicked and even though the heat was unbearable under their green polyester uniforms, Peircean Scouts stood tall, looking poised as they waved their cards fervently, as instructed. This was followed by a short acting performance that sent the audience bending over with laughter, but meaningful, as it reminded the audience that we should always lend a helping hand towards our neighbors, regardless of stature and age, race and religion.

It was an event organized by the Housing Development Board(HDB) of Singapore. The objective of the SHINE movement was to generate neighbourliness around the heartlands of the Toa Payoh district, and also to remind the youths of Singapore to be  a good neighbour to others around them.   It took place at the Toa Payoh HDB hub, and all the Scouts from Peirce as well as other North Zone schools were filled with sheer happiness as they set foot into the hub, their excitement too overwhelming to contain.

Jewel with her SHINE badge.

Videos about being a good neighbor were also broadcasted. The residents and Scouts also had the chance to visit the exhibition area, checking out the Youth showcase booths, and learning more about being more compassionate through the posters displayed. It ended with a tea reception, where scrumptious food was provided. All in all, this event really does tie in with one of the character values imbibed by the Scout’s movement, that is,

A Scout is always helpful.

Boys giving out their SHINE cards.

Charles showing neighbours on the SHINE portal.

Ming En interviewed by the press.

Our SHINE girls

Triace posed for the filming

By learning to care and help our neighbors and showing compassion through our actions, are we certainly not demonstrating this important Scout value?

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