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Parents grateful for Digicel-Star back-to-school fair

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 8:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin
Romane Neil (left) and Omade Williams dance up a storm with Tastee mascot at the Star-Digicel back-to-school event at St William Grant Park, downtown Kingston, on Saturday.

The long lines at the entrance of the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston was an indication of the eagerness of the many patrons who turned out for the Star-Digicel back-to-school fair, which was held last Saturday.

Kimesha Hazle, who travelled from 10 Miles, Bull Bay, said she was grateful for events that cater to the needs of the less fortunate, indicating that it has been a rough journey caring for her three children, who are all in primary school.

"I don't even have one book yet, so I need all the help mi can get. Mi need shoes and bag, so I'm really trying to see what can happen by the time school start back," Hazle told The Gleaner.

'Mi do a little juggling every now and then, sell mi likkle juice and ting, but things a go really slow. So I am really grateful and hoping that I can get some assistance because mi nuh want dem come struggle like me, and school is the only way out," she said.

Sherilla Gordon, marketing officer for The Star, said the event, which saw 13 scholarships valued at $15,000 being disbursed to patrons, was hosted with the aim of alleviating some of the pressure parents who are in the process of acquiring school supplies for their children face.