Flow hosts treat for students
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
Residents of Montego Bay got a special treat on Sunday with the second annual staging of a back-to-school fair by Columbus Communications Jamaica Ltd, the parent company of communications provider, FLOW.
Parents and children benefited from several activities, including barbering services offered by community members, provision of financial advice, and book-purchasing options. They also participated in ring-tossing games and a bounceabout attraction. Some 200 students also had an opportunity to get medical check-ups before the start of the new academic year.
"We thought about all you would need to have your child ready for school - books, financial advice, medical certificates, and, of course, the fun element, so we have Bigga (Bigga Company Ltd) here for refreshments, and we have a play area," said Columbus Communications Corporate Affairs Manager Tanikie McClarthy.
Ear, nose, throat (ENT) surgeon at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Dr Kwesi Davis, who helped the prospective students with their medical examinations, said this year's back-to-school fair showed great improvements.
"In many respects, last year was the genesis of the event, and we learned from a few of the logistic errors and logistic omissions that were made, and we prepared ourselves a little better, so it's more streamlined and more organised this year," said Davis.
"It is exciting, it is good for the children, it is an environment that is fun, and so we are promoting the idea that going back to school can be fun and can be something to be encouraged and looked forward to."