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A child shall ‘feed’ them - Infant school treats elderly and less fortunate to mark Children’s Day

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis
Cavani Wellington (centre) serves the elderly while principal of the St Paul’s United Infant School, Harriet Coram-Joseph (second right), looks on.

It was being celebrated as the National Children's Day 2018, but the children at St Paul's United Infant School in central Kingston were not the ones getting the treats. Instead, they treated the elderly and less fortunate from the communities around them.

The school cooked the meals and the little ones showed joy as they did the serving.

Principal Harriet Coram-Joseph said it was important to her and her team that the children showed respect to their elders, and to learn what it's like to care for the vulnerable among them.

"The elderly are very important to a community and we just wanted to treat them and let them feel special today," said Coram-Joseph.

She said though it was their first time feeding the elderly, it is one of several projects the school will be embarking on to enhance its growth.

 

'WE ARE STILL HERE'

 

"Most of the past students, when I see them on the road, they said they thought the school was demolished, and that was it, so most people don't know that there is an infant school here," said Coram-Joseph, as she noted that the school was rebuilt in 2016 with a donation of $45.3 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, as the old building was infested with termite and had to be demolished.

"We just want people to know that we are still here, and we are giving back to the community. St Paul's is one of the best schools in Kingston. We have good teachers, we are very qualified," added Coram-Joseph.

Among those treated by the children was Tanny Johnson, who told The Sunday Gleaner that he was very appreciative of the meal and he felt good to know that the children wanted to assist them.

"I am glad that the children invited us, and to know that it is Children's Day and we could have fellowship, it felt really good. The meal was very delicious, and I just want to say thanks to the staff and the children for having us," said Johnson.

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