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  • When the young men at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester return to school this week, they will have numerous memories to share and new school supplies to show off to their friends, after a fun-filled back-to-school/work day visit from their Jamaica Information Service (JIS) family.
  • Mrs. Harriott expressed gratitude for the school supplies, which were donated by corporate sponsors.
  • Member of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home Committee and Special Projects Officer, Christine Ade-Gold, stated that, “the back-to-school visit and work day would not have been possible without corporate Jamaica and their generous donations. We look forward to the next visit in December when we will share in the Yuletide season with the boys.”

When the young men at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester return to school this week, they will have numerous memories to share and new school supplies to show off to their friends, after a fun-filled back-to-school/work day visit from their Jamaica Information Service (JIS) family.

The work day on August 23 is one of three visits [per year] made by the JIS to the home and involved activities such as painting, ironing and cleaning-up.

Assistant Director at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, Dionne Harriott said that the visit was “truly a family day”.

“Our family from the JIS came and brought us gifts, they helped us to clean up, we sat down and we ate together and even played some dominoes. We were pleased to see them in the dining area ironing the boys’ khaki. We were just overwhelmed with their level of support” she shared.

She said the highlight of the day was when a JIS staff member climbed up to the top of the building to paint after hearing that the ladder could not be found. “They were really into it,” she says.

Mrs. Harriott expressed gratitude for the school supplies, which were donated by corporate sponsors.

“If we had to purchase school supplies for 29 boys, it would be very expensive. Without the [donations] we received, it would be a great challenge for us. The boys are so pleased with their back-to-school supplies,” she said.

One 16-year old ward told JIS News that he was so happy when he opened his gift.  “Everything is perfect, especially the bag, I really like it. It is spacious and strong. I am grateful. I feel prepared for school.”

The boys received bags from the YB Afraid Foundation (Yohan Blake) and Joseph’s, shoes from Sammy’s Shoe Store, and books from Fontana and Kingston Bookshop.

The home also received food items from Grace Foods and Lasco, curtains and sheeting material from Ping’s, juices from Trade Winds, chicken from Caribbean Broilers, paint as well as a $10,000 cheque from EdgeChem.

Director of Production at the JIS and Civil Servant of the Year 2013, Enthrose Campbell, said she was happy to have participated in the work day.

“I love giving back. I feel renewed every time I get an opportunity to do so. My main reason for helping the boys comes from a burning desire to motivate them and also to let them know that even though they may not be where they desire, they still have the support and help of the JIS, their home mothers, our sponsors, teachers, and others to help them get there,” she stated.

Ms. Campbell said that members of the JIS staff also mentor the boys. “The idea is to encourage them and to provide additional support wherever needed. I have my ‘son’ at the home, when you talk to him you feel connected and renewed and you know that you have positively impacted a life,” she noted.

Member of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home Committee and Special Projects Officer, Christine Ade-Gold, stated that the visit was a success.

“We worked hard to accomplish our goal of painting the front section of the Ackee Dorm. The boys pitched in to help and we could see that they were enjoying themselves.”

She added that, “the back-to-school visit and work day would not have been possible without corporate Jamaica and their generous donations. We look forward to the next visit in December when we will share in the Yuletide season with the boys.”