St Thomas treat a success
The grounds of the St Thomas Technical High School was jam-packed with children and parents on Sunday, December 21, as they enjoyed what is now the largest Christmas treat in the parish.
The treat was put on by councillor for the Dalvey division, Michael McLeod, with the support of new Jamaica Labour Party caretaker MP Delano Seiveright. Councillor McLeod, who started the annual treat years ago, has seen it mushroom into a well-organised and disciplined affair, labelled the largest in the parish. The children enjoyed bounce-a-bouts, ice cream, juices, games, prizes, dance contests and, of course, hundreds of toys. This year saw a turnout that covered the school grounds and scores of children and parents clamouring at the gate to get in, as organisers sought to quickly restore order and an even flow throughout the day. Many residents also poured in to get a chance to speak to the political representatives.
Seiveright said that he was impressed at the amazing turnout but noted that the high level of poverty in St Thomas, now Jamaica's poorest parish, according to the most recent issue of the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions. He said this contributed to the stellar turnout as many parents "are simply unable to afford toys and other goodies that make Christmas a memorable moment for children".
Up to nightfall, residents from Golden Grove, Duckenfield, Dalvey, Barking Lodge, Amity Hall, Hampton Court, Stokes Hall and other districts crammed into the school grounds enjoying a dance competition, question and answers about St Thomas, along with lots of prizes and surprises.
Seiveright and Councillor McLeod thanked several corporate Jamaica sponsors for their support and wished the people of St Thomas Eastern a Merry Christmas.