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  • The Kilsyth Primary and Infant School in Grantham, Clarendon, held its Student Empowerment Day on May 22, as part of Child Month activities.
  • The event saw the students learning different aspects of life, and about government organizations.
  • Radio Writer/ Producer/ Presenter at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ruth-Ann Carr, who spoke to the students, encouraged them not to let their dreams die and that their dream is never too big.

The Kilsyth Primary and Infant School in Grantham, Clarendon, held its Student Empowerment Day on May 22, as part of Child Month activities.

The event saw the students learning different aspects of life, and about government organizations.

Radio Writer/ Producer/ Presenter at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ruth-Ann Carr, who spoke to the students, encouraged them not to let their dreams die and that their dream is never too big.

“Have you ever wanted to do something and you have to push yourself to do it, like when you have homework but your favourite cartoon is coming on? You have to do your homework because it is important. You have to tell yourself that you want to pass your subjects and you want to get ‘As’. That is empowering ourselves, that’s motivating ourselves, that’s telling ourselves that we can do it,” she said.

“Whether you want to be a doctor, a veterinarian, or an astronaut, you can do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do it,” Miss Carr added.

Meanwhile, Vice Principal, Elaine Thomas, highlighted the successes of the school.

“We have won awards in debating competition and clean school competition and we need to continue to empower our students to gravitate towards positive things. We want to ensure we empower our boys, because in most schools, the girls are the ones that push and do very well,” she said.

Grade Five student and Deputy Head Girl, Rihanna Howitt, told JIS News that she learnt how to save money, how to make the country a better place, and the importance of talking to someone if she sees someone being abused.