As part of activities to mark National Heritage Week, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), on Monday (Oct. 11), donated heritage material to the Tredegar Park All-age School in St. Catherine.
The agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Donna-Marie Rowe handed over a package containing posters of the national heroes and the national symbols, and a compact disc (cd) showcasing traditional dances, to Vice Principal of the school, Rosemarie Romans, during a special devotion at the school to mark the start of heritage week.
During a mini quiz organised by JIS Special Projects Manager, Latoya Crossman, JIS products were presented to students, who responded correctly to questions about the country’s heritage and the national heroes.
In addressing the students, Mrs. Rowe encouraged them to be heroes in their own way. She also commended the teachers and classroom assistants for doing a “marvellous job” in helping the students through the trauma of recent violence in the community, which claimed the lives of eight residents.
Mrs. Rowe told the students that the agency selected the school for the donation “because we want to remind you during heritage week that we love you and we remember you, and we want you to grow up to be heroes in your own right for your community.”
Chief Executive Office of the Jamaica Information Service, Donna- Marie Rowe (left) presents a package containing heritage material to Vice Principal of the Tredegar Park All-age School in St. Catherine, Rosemarie Romans. The items are a part of donations that will be made by the JIS this week to schools across the island as a part of heritage week activities.
Ms. Romans expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that the school has planned a series of activities to mark heritage week, in which the students will be integrally involved.
She said that in addition to yesterday’s devotion, a heritage concert will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 13) through sponsorship from GraceKennedy.
Grade nine student Pete Nelson, said that the donation made by the JIS will “have a major impact as it will benefit us greatly to use them during our heritage celebrations.”
Intern Pastor at the Tredegar Park Church, Christopher Mighty, also spoke briefly to the students about the importance of paying homage to the national heroes.
He prayed for God’s blessing on each student to “help them to have the courage to do what they might do to make a substantial contribution to their country and to their God.”
JIS will be making other donations to schools across the island, as well as participate in number of activities during Heritage Week, which is being observed from October 10 to 18 under the theme: ‘I Believe in Jamaica…Our People, Our Land, Our Heritage.
Posters, Cds, and other heritage materials are available for sale at JIS offices in Kingston, Portland, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.