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  • More than 200 books and other educational materials have been donated to the Jamaica House Basic School by the Optimist Club of Kingston.
  • The presentation was made at the institution’s West King’s House Road location in St. Andrew on Thursday (February 6), in observance of Optimist International Day.
  • The items included storybooks and colouring books, crayons, counting and reading assistive aids, as well as snacks.

More than 200 books and other educational materials have been donated to the Jamaica House Basic School by the Optimist Club of Kingston.

The presentation was made at the institution’s West King’s House Road location in St. Andrew on Thursday (February 6), in observance of Optimist International Day.

The items included storybooks and colouring books, crayons, counting and reading assistive aids, as well as snacks.

The service club, on the day, also presented seven mat boards to special education institution, Genesis Academy.

Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen, who spoke at the handover ceremony at the Jamaica House Basic School, commended the Optimist Club for its contribution to the education of the students.

She encouraged the children to make good use of the items provided, particularly the books.

“They are here guiding you into reading, so you can be successful men and women. It is not just the math and the science; if you cannot read and comprehend, you are not going to do well in any other subject. You first must learn to read well,” she told them.

President of the Optimist Club of Kingston, Patricka Wiggan Chambers, told JIS News the Optimist Caribbean districts will be carrying out various projects throughout the year under the theme ‘iMagine… Bringing Out the Best’.

She said that the theme was selected to encourage children to be the best they can be.

“What we want to say is, imagine if we can bring out the best in our children. We are really passionate about giving back to our children, who are the future of the country, and make sure they are well taken care of. They are our responsibility,” she said.

Meanwhile, Principal of Jamaica House Basic School, Veronica Parkinson Burnett, expressed gratitude for the donated items, noting that they are a valuable addition to the school’s resource stock.

“With teaching and learning, the more resources you have the more effective it will be,” she said.

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organisation, which works for the well-being of children.

It is comprised of almost 3,000 clubs with more than 80,000 members in over 20 countries.

The Optimist International theme for this year is ‘iMagine’.

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