Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
The Kiwanis Club of Montego Bay last Friday made a presentation of books, slippers and food supplies to the Rose Heights Basic School in St James as part of its outreach project, under its tagline 'Children First, Priority One.'
Christene Suberan-Lewis, the president of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Bay, who made the presentation, said the club decided on giving the school the gifts after carrying out a needs assessment at the institution.
"Our main focus is on children from age two to 12 years and this school is a prime example of that," said Lewis. "We are presenting them with these important things as we believe that children should read more. They should begin to enjoy reading from early and teachers and parents should read with them."
Lewis added that the club has developed a relationship with the school and would be making visits in a bid to address other needs that may arise and fall within its scope of operations.
Opal Medley, the acting principal of the school, said the institution was very appreciative of the gifts, citing that parents find it difficult to purchase storybooks and this would help significantly to boost the children's ability to read.
"The parents sometimes ask us here for storybooks to read, and we have a little library, so they request books to go home and read to the children," said Medley. "This donation of books will go a far way in boosting our library; the food stuff will do well in our canteen; so we are very happy for the gifts from the Kiwanis Club."
Other members of the club, who were present for the handing over, sang with the children and took time out to sit and read stories with them.