Krasnodar, 30 December. Last week, the Lower Hall of the St. Prince Alexander Nevsky’s Host Cathedral played host to the ceremony of awarding the finalists and winners of several contests organized by the Young Kuban Cossack League. The prizewinners were the authors of the most interesting activities performed in the framework of the regional volunteering event “In the Name of Kuban Land” and the heads of the best Cossack educational institutions.
“It is a very hard task to breed spirituality in children – not all can cope with it,” Archpriest Ioann Garmash, spiritual father of the Kuban Cossack Host, noted. “I pray for all of you kneeling by the throne of God.”
As for specialized kindergartens, they all use own curricula based on the experience of best educational and cultural establishments. The jury decided to award the first prize in the regional competition “Best Cossack Kindergarten” to Kindergarten No. 31 in Leningradskaya. Cossack Host Ataman Aleksandr Vlasov gave the award and a 30,000-rouble-worth certificate to Headmistress Olga Goleva. The second prize and a 20,000-rouble certificate were given to Kindergarten No. 5 in Staroshcherbinovskaya. The third prize and a 15,000-rouble certificate went to Kindergarten No. 15 “Beriozka” in Ilsky, Seversky rayon.
The competition “Best Cossack School” also had three winners. The third prize and a 20,000-rouble certificate were given to Secondary School No. 19 in Skobelevskaya, Gulkevichi rayon. The second prize and a 30,000-rouble certificate went to School No. 7 in Malokubansky, Novopopkrovsky rayon. The first prize and a 50,000-rouble certificate were awarded to Secondary School No. 11 in Maevsky, Slaviansk rayon. Tatiana Statsenko, the headmistress, confessed that they had been taking part in such competitions for more than once – and at last they scored the victory.
Promotion of patriotism is another important activity performed by the Young Kuban Cossack League. Cadet schools play an important role in this process. This time, Kurganinsk, Novorossiysk and Kuban Cossack Cadet Schools were awarded for the development of extracurricular activity and education of cadets with due account taken for the cultural and historical traditions of Kuban Cossacks.
General Troshev Kropotkin Cossack Cadet School was announced the winner in the nomination “Achievement in international, federal, regional and municipal events.” Receiving a 100,000-rouble certificate, Headmaster Viktor Ryba admitted that this well-deserved gift will let improve the infrastructure and the facilities of the school.
The list of awardees for the best organization of activities of local branches of the Young Kuban Cossack League included Anapa Branch (first prize), Abinsk Branch (second prize) and Novopokrovsky Branch (third prize).
The ceremony was crowned by a traditional prayer. Then the teachers returned to their everyday duties – to bring up estimable, courageous, intelligent and well-developed young Cossacks.
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