Cacoon celebrates Parents' Day
Adrian Frater, News Editor
The ParentS' Day segment of Cacoon Primary and Infant School's 2014 celebration of Parents' Month, which unfolded last Monday, was quite a success story for the Hanover-based institution, which used the occasion to highlight the contributions of those parents whose support has been integral to the functioning of the school.
"It was a wonderful experience," said Guidance Counsellor Claudia McPherson, who played a pivotal role in the planning of the day's activities. "The theme for the day was 'Building Circles of Involvement: Home, School and Community'. We had some twenty nine parents in attendance."
During the day, the parents got a chance to share in three special presentations which were done by the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR), the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
"Mr Andrae Bailey, senior registration officer at the OCR did a presentation on 'Child Abuse', and explained how the Ananda Alert system works," said McPherson. "Mr Peter Doman from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) sensitised the parents about the benefits of NIS and the need for them to access coverage under the scheme."
On the sensitive matter of nutrition, parents were briefed by Miss Lileth Glenn and Mr Dwight Hill from the Ministry of Health on the preparation of healthy meals for their chil-dren, which they noted is a prerequisite for healthy minds and bodies.
During the various presentations, the parents, who were very attentive and participated in the discussions, and in the end, were able to answer questions posed to them, were given special tokens courtesy of the OCR and NIS.
The parents also got a chance to savour the talents of the children who performed songs among other enjoyable items for the occasion. The big highlight was the performance of the song, Lean On Me, which was performed by the Infant Department. It induced much laughter as the little voices went about seeking to impress.
The curtain came down on the day's activities with the awarding of certificates of appreciation to the parents whose continued voluntary contribution has proven helpful to the daily operations of the institution.
Following the presentation of the certificates, the parents were further thanked, in dub poetry style, by the grade four students. The smiles were quite big as the students chanted, "Parents you are special, you gave us shelter, food, love and education. You fill our lives with joy and excitement. Parents you are special, you prepare us for the future generation. You want us to build Jamaica. Parents you are special, you are special."
"The school wishes to express sincere gratitude to the Grand Palladium Hotel and Juici Patties for donations towards the day's event," said McPherson. "They helped to make it a success."