The streets of Lethem came alive on Friday when some 356 primary and secondary school students tramped along the main street, from the airport junction into the Lethem Wadapna Community Ground for the Region’s Children’s Mash Competition.Kumu Primary School’s float display at Region Nine’s Children’s Mashramani Float paradeEarlier that day, persons were entertained by students from the nursery level who paraded from the Republic Bank junction to the Takutu Gas Station Square. One of the organisers, Region Nine’s School Welfare Officer, Mattias Thomas told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the annual event was one of the mainstays of the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region’s Mashramani activities.The primary schools participating in this year’s event were Annai, Arapaima, St Ignatius, Parikwaranau, and Potarinau. Meanwhile, at the secondary level, Parikwaranau, Sand Creek, North Annai and St Ignatius participated.The schools competed for trophies provided by the Education Ministry and the Region’s business community. St Ignatius and Annai Nurseries took first and second place in their category. At the primary level, St Ignatius, Arapaima, Annai, and Kumu placed first, second, third and fourth respectively. In the secondary school category, St Ignatius prevailed taking the first prize while Annai came second and Sand Creek third.Other competitions are slated for the latter part of February, including a Spelling Bee and General Knowledge Quiz, Thomas stated.