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The Labyrinth All-Age School in St. Mary is constructing a heritage park on the school ground, which is scheduled for opening on National Heroes’ Day, October 20, as part of heritage month celebrations.
Principal for the school, Etta Mullings, said the main objective of the park was to develop awareness among the youngsters in and around the community, about their history and culture.
She said the park would be comprised of benches and tables made from bamboo, and an Arawak village with thatch huts in which items such as the three foot pot, sod irons, tinning lamps, mortar and pestle, yabba, tyre sandals, and the calabash, among other traditional things, would be displayed.
Noting that much of the work would engage the students, through the School’s Improvement Action Group (SIAG), Mrs. Mullings said, “we would like our young people to be able to link the past with the present.”
She informed that recently, the institution had pictures of the National Emblems and the National Heroes painted on the school walls, and “later on, when we raise some more funds for the institution, we would like to paint other icons, such as Louise Bennett Coverley and.the late Ranny Williams”.
Dr. John Baugh, former Community Services Director for the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios, has been invited to be the guest speaker at the unveiling, which is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
Others to participate are Dr. Neil McGill, Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary; Robert Montique, Mayor of Port Maria; Leon Francis, Councillor for the area; representatives from the business community, as well as students from surrounding schools.

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