MANDEVILE — Some 18 Labour Day projects have been registered with the Manchester Parish Council, along with scores of community projects and others sponsored by business entities and, according to Parish Manager of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Rose Griffiths, the projects are generally geared toward the protection of children.
The theme for Labour Day 2011 is, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’.
“The projects across the parish are generally tied into the theme. They are looking at repairs and upgrading basic schools, looking at issues of security, erection of bus sheds and building of gates at basic schools. We also have projects that speak to wider community issues, which ultimately will also address the needs of children. Things like beautification of community spaces, clearing and bushing of roads and patching of potholes,” she informed.
The SDC Parish Manager outlined that, in terms of the parish project to be undertaken at the Woodlawn School of Special Education, the main issue being addressed is the flooding of the class rooms, so the upgrading of the ground will alleviate flooding.
In the parish of St. Elizabeth, where some 28 projects are registered with the Parish Council, civic leaders, political representatives and others persons will gather at the Balaclava Primary School, to erect a perimeter fence and general painting of the institution.
“At a recent meeting of the PTA, the parents expressed interest and pledged to come out and assist on Labour Day. The teachers will be involved, and we plea with all friends of the school, business interest in the community, past students and all concerned to come and assist and make it a success, as part of the project is to ensure security of the school,” stated Principal of the school, Roy Waysome.
In Clarendon, along with 22 registered projects with the Parish Council, the parish’s Labour Day project will be the Daisy Thompson Basic School, where the 47 students will see improvements to the roof and general upgrading work done on the institution.
“We are grateful to them (Parish Council), to come in… which is a time of need, and we appreciate it very much, and looking forward to see the communities assisting us on the day,” Principal of the school, Paulette Walters-Gibbons, told JIS News.
The Manchester Health Department, working through the Newport Health Centre, will stage a clean up on May 23, in communities such as New Wales Housing Scheme, Snowdon, Bleenheim Town, Edinburn and Heathfield. Part of the activities, which will be ongoing, is to sensitise the citizens on established norms of disposing of solid waste, with collaborations with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).
“They packaged it (solid waste) properly, but when it comes to disposing of them, they burn it, and that poses several environmental problems, as it can cause wild fires and pollution of the air. So the project is all about trying to settle that problem. An environmental health committee was formed to have a clean-up day, as well as to regularise collection through alliance with NSWMA,” stated Public Health Inspector, Jana-Gaye Taylor.
By GARFIELD L. ANGUS
JIS REGIONAL OFFICE