Six basic schools in St. Ann were presented with items on November 20, by the United States Embassy and the crew from the United States vessel, the USS WASP.
The items, which were handed over at a ceremony, held at the Fern Grove Basic School’s Resource Centre, in Ocho Rios, included back packs, teddy bears, books and pencils.
Wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Lorna Golding, who was the special guest at the presentation, said she was happy that the US Embassy and the crew from the USS WASP chose to reach out to the children in the basic schools.
State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Northeast St. Ann, Hon. Shahine Robinson (right), presents school items to a student of Fern Grove Basic School, in St. Ann, on November 20. At left is wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Lorna Golding.
“We welcome you and your gifts. We thank you so much for coming and we will always be able to use what you bring for us,” Mrs. Golding said.
“This is what we are trying to do for our young children in Jamaica. We are trying to stabilise the Early Childhood Education, so that they all will start right,” Mrs. Golding, who is also Chairman of the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation (JECDF), said.
Meanwhile, Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy, Mr. Isiah Parnell, said he was pleased to be collaborating in the venture, as it was a symbol of partnership as well as friendship.
Lieutenant Adam Goldberg of the USS WASP interacts with students of the Fern Grove Basic School, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on November 20, when school items were handed over to six basic schools in St. Ann by the US Embassy and the crew of the USS WASP.
“The President of the United States believes in two things. He believes in friendship, both within the United States and with our friends outside the United States, and the visit of this ship is an expression of that friendship, which is really a hallmark of what President Barak Obama believes in. The second thing that the President believes in is Education, so I encourage these kids to take full advantage of the educational opportunities that you have here,” he said.
The Early Childhood Unit in the Ministry of Education’s Region 3 was well represented at the function. Senior Education Officer, Mrs. Julia English, expressed thanks to the US Embassy and the USS WASP for considering the Early Childhood sector.
Mrs. English said the Ministry was very grateful for the kind gesture, and pointed out that the Early Childhood Unit was working with one intention – to improve the lives of the children in Jamaica.
The USS WASP is the United States Navy’s newest and most advanced class of multi-purpose amphibious assault ships. Its principal mission is to load, transport and land troops and their equipment in support of amphibious operations anywhere in the world.