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Ten volunteers of the Kingston Chapter of the Lay Magistrates’ Association, including media personality, Norma Brown-Bell, will be visiting five schools in the Corporate Area to serve as assistant teachers on Monday, December 4.
The activity, which is spearheaded by Custos of Kingston, Canon Weeville Gordon, is part of the city’s celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) on December 5. Mrs. Brown-Bell, former President of the Lay Magistrates’ Association, told JIS News that the group was looking forward to the activity, which is slated to take place during the first session of school.
She explained that two volunteers would be assigned to each of the schools. The schools involved are: St. Aloysius Primary, St. George’s Girls Infant School, Calabar All-age and Junior High, Denham Town Primary and Allman Town Primary. She is assigned to Calabar All-age and Junior High.
“They will go into the schools, and worship with whichever class that they are going to be pretending to be a teacher for the day. They will then take their classes and interact with the students and there will also be a quick presentation of a certificate to the principal and members of staff, having participated in IVD teaching practices,” she said.
Prior to the visit, Mrs. Brown-Bell disclosed that the schools were invited to participate in a poetry competition focusing on volunteerism. The response, she said was “quite good”. She noted that the winners would be acknowledged at an Awards Ceremony recognizing the top volunteers in Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on December 5. The function is expected to commence at 2:00 p.m.
Commenting on the top volunteers to be honoured, Mrs. Brown-Bell was very effusive in her praise for what she called unsung heroes.
“When I talk about voluntary service, I mean real voluntary service. Thirty years and over is nothing compared to what some of these recipients have contributed to nation building, the development of young people and people working with HIV/AIDS,” she said.
She also encouraged persons to get involved in helping others. “It cannot happen without you. If you can even assist one person, one day a week, that is beautiful, just let it happen,” Mrs. Brown-Bell urged.
In the meantime, the Parish of Kingston and St. Andrew will kick off activities to observe International Volunteer Day with a service at the St. Matthews Anglican Church in Allman Town, on December 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. President of the IVD Committee, Errol Greene, is expected to deliver greetings.
This year, the theme of IVD is – ‘Volunteers Partnering for National Development: Together We Can Achieve More’.