JIS News

The expansion of the school garden at Denham Town Primary School will be the main focus of this year’s Child Month Action Day on Friday, May 15.
Chairman of the Action Day Planning Committee, Vivienne DaCosta, told JIS News that the Denham Town Primary School was selected as the national project because it already had a backyard garden, and they wanted to expand.
She said the school’s administration and students have embraced the programme, which is being co-ordinated by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.
Outlining the plans for the day, which have commenced prior to Action Day to ensure completion, Mrs. DaCosta informed that callaloo, sweet pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, and okra seedlings will be among some of the vegetables to be planted. The seedlings are donated by Agro Grace.
Representatives from LIME and GraceKennedy main sponsors of the event will be on hand to assist with the activities.
To kick off the day, an opening ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., with Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Senator Desmond McKenzie, to give the keynote address.
Children’s Advocate, Mary Clarke; Representative from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Jamaica Country Office, Robert Suderich; and personnel from LIME, and Agro Grace, will bring greetings.
Action Day is one of several activities organised by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC) to educate the public about the needs of children under the theme: ‘Preserve the Environment: Protect our Children’.
Action Day is best described as the child equivalent of Labour Day. The work planned for the day will see the expansion of the school garden programme, which is in keeping with the Ministry of Agriculture’s mandate to revive school gardens islandwide.