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KINGSTON — "The Journey Continues" with Heritage Week 2011, as the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) visited one of the largest early childhood institutions in the Caribbean, the Spanish Town Infant School, St. Catherine to join in their morning devotions on Tuesday (October 11).

"We have 748 students now. We have a vibrant PTA, so we do very well with them." Principal of the school, Fay Mullings, explained.

When asked how they would be marking Heritage Week, JIS News was told that the school will be having a PTA function on Sunday, as well as a flag raising ceremony, and Tuesday morning was the big Heritage devotion with both students and parents.

JIS Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Donna-Marie Rowe, presented them with a JIS Heritage package. Ms. Mullings was delighted with the agency’s presence, and grateful for the heritage package she received on behalf of the school.

"I am so happy that you were able to come today” she said with a smile and expressions of gratitude.

The team from the JIS then made their way into the cool hills of Manchester, where they stopped at Robin’s Hall Primary School.

Principal of the school, Carroll Bromfield, gathered the students to hear what JIS Director of Corporate Services, Errol Gardner, had to say about being heroes in their own school.

He engaged the students by selecting teachers and students they felt were their heroes, and presenting them with a JIS produced Jamaican flag.

“They are brave, smart and strong, and (some of them) work day and night to ensure that you have a good education,” Mr. Gardner suggested the students use as the criteria for those whom they selected.

The individuals were rewarded, as the students hugged them and showed them that they, in their own way, were also ‘heroes’.

The agency will be visiting two schools in the parish of St. James and Trelawny on Wednesday (October 12).


By Christine Ade-Gold

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