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The newly formed Brompton Community Development Committee (CDC) held its community exposition and health fair, yesterday (August 4), at the Brompton Primary School in St. Elizabeth.
This is the first official fund-raising event to be staged by the Brompton CDC, aimed at raising funds to expand the Brompton Primary School.
“Our first priority is the development of the school, getting additional classrooms to abort the temporary shift system that we had to institute,” Assistant Treasurer of the Brompton CDC, Sheena McKenzie told JIS News.
“Because of the excess number of children on roll, it is our first priority, because of the situation experienced with the shift system .the children are not settled, and they need to be settled in their own area,” she added.
Some of the agencies involved in the day’s activities were the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Health, the National Youth Service (NYS), HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the Social Development Commission (SDC).
Community Development Officer of the SDC for Junction, St. Elizabeth, Sharifa Powell told JIS News that “one of the priorities of the Brompton CDC is education”.
“This health fair and exposition is really a good venture for a community based organization to be undertaking, to raise funds for the development of its own community,” Miss Powell said.
She explained that when citizens become active participants in decision-making, development was more sustainable. “The importance of a Community Development Committee therefore, epitomizes this need for the involvement of citizens,” she added.
Keisha Reynolds, whose child is a student at the school, expressed satisfaction with the effort of the Brompton CDC. “I feel it is a very important move. If this works out and we start the extension of the building, we’ll be able to go back to single shift,” she said.
The Brompton CDC was formed on Sunday, July 3, 2005, under the supervision of the SDC in St. Elizabeth.