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Principal of the Mount Pleasant Primary and Infant School, in Portland, Dian Vidal Briggs (left), presents parent, Annette Brown, with a care package at a recent event at the institution to mark Child Month.
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Story Highlights

  • This was a response to a social media appeal that she made to help the students and other persons who are facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also to observe Child Month with kindness.
  • Student, Adjhauney Daley, said he regards the Principal as his role model, and that she is always providing help.
  • Meanwhile, one of the donors, operator of AJ’s Grocery and Haberdashery, Kayla Bloomfield, said she and two other family members got together and made donations.

Seventy-four students of the Mount Pleasant Primary and Infant School in Portland have received care packages from the institution for Child Month, which is being observed in May.

Principal of the school, Dian Vidal Briggs, told JIS News that the packages were purchased with donations that overseas Jamaicans and persons in and around the community gave.

This was a response to a social media appeal that she made to help the students and other persons who are facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also to observe Child Month with kindness.

“We wanted to create comfort for students, because we have been away from them for over two months, and if we were at school, we would be treating them,” she said.

Mrs. Vidal Briggs added that the school was also able to help two elderly persons and an orphan from the donation.

Annette Brown, a parent, said she “appreciates” the gesture, which made the children “so happy”, noting that the school has always made the children feel proud during Child Month.

Teacher at the Portland-based Mount Pleasant Primary and Infant School, Stacy Ho-Young, prepares care packages for students at the school during a recent function to observe Child Month.

 

“When we get that [package], it takes a lot of strain off us. She (Principal) a God bless,” she said.

Student, Adjhauney Daley, said he regards the Principal as his role model, and that she is always providing help.

Another parent, Fitzroy Evans, told JIS News that the children and the parents were grateful for the packages.

He said the teachers are working hard in these trying times, especially in how they conduct classes online.

“I must give God thanks for them, because they care for the children,” Mr. Evans said.

Meanwhile, one of the donors, operator of AJ’s Grocery and Haberdashery, Kayla Bloomfield, said she and two other family members got together and made donations.

“I wish them (students) the best. We will get over this (COVID-19), and they will become better children,” she said.

 

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