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  • Scores of students across the island were given a special treat on Friday (May 13) as they made their way to school.
  • Corporate Communications Manager at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Ava-Marie Ingram, told JIS News that the entity was pleased to have been one of the sponsors of the day’s activities.
  • Children’s Day forms part of the NCMC’s Child Month celebrations in May.

Scores of students across the island were given a special treat on Friday (May 13) as they made their way to school.

At a special Children’s Day event organised by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), the students were presented with token; stickers bearing motivational messages such as “I am special;” and received words of encouragement.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, joined members of the NCMC in feting students at St. William Grant Park, downtown Kingston; and Half-Way Tree, St. Andrew.

Representatives of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Office of the Children’s Advocate, Child Development Agency (CDA), sponsors and volunteers also joined in the activity, which got underway at 6:00 a.m.

Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Green said he was pleased to participate in the event in celebration of the nation’s children.

“Just to share the smiles and give them the stickers: it has made my day,” he told JIS News.

He said his presence was also a signal of the Ministry’s full support for the work of the various agencies in safeguarding the welfare of children.

“At the end of the day, this is our fight together and I thought it was very important that I joined them. I was at Half-Way Tree and downtown to let them know that as their Minister, I will help them in their fight for the protection of our children,” he said.

He reminded all Jamaicans that they have a responsibility in ensuring the well-being of the children.

Registrar at the OCR, Greg Smith, highlighted the importance of partnerships in the care and protection of children.

“We, as leaders in the various agencies and committees, will have to strengthen our collaboration in meeting and greeting persons out there on the streets and to educate them on how it is we can better care for our children,” he said.

Corporate Communications Manager at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Ava-Marie Ingram, told JIS News that the entity was pleased to have been one of the sponsors of the day’s activities.

She noted that the JCAA is committed to supporting projects for the welfare of children.

“We understand that children are Jamaica’s future.  We are all partners in this development process and we have to do things that demonstrate that commitment. We are pleased to see the many kids out and to greet them, not just as a sponsor but actually getting engaged in the activity,” she told JIS News.

She said it was rewarding to see the smiles and the pleased reactions of the children.

“They were surprised; they were not expecting this. We hope that this sends the message that they are truly special and that we are all committed …to ensuring that they are nurtured and cared for so as to secure Jamaica’s future,” she added.

Children’s Day forms part of the NCMC’s Child Month celebrations in May.  Activities were held at town centres across the island including Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Black River, St. Elizabeth; Ocho Rios, St. Ann; and Montego Bay, St. James.