Saturday 31 October, 2020

Red Hills school breakfast programme gets boost from Kiwanis Club

From left: KCWSA’s Distinguished President James McNish, Principal of the Red hills Basic School Charmaine Williams, KCWSA’s PR Chairman Marshalyn Rose and director of the club’s Young Priority One committee, Ionie  Henry,  along with some of the children, stand beside the donated items.

From left: KCWSA’s Distinguished President James McNish, Principal of the Red hills Basic School Charmaine Williams, KCWSA’s PR Chairman Marshalyn Rose and director of the club’s Young Priority One committee, Ionie Henry, along with some of the children, stand beside the donated items.

In continuing its drive to support a nurturing environment for children, the Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew (KCWSA) last Thursday contributed breakfast items to the Red Hills Basic School.

Deliveries of breakfast items were also made to the Cooreville Garden and Laura’s Basic Schools a few weeks earlier.

The service group’s association with the Red Hills Basic School goes back as far as the late 90s, with the building of the school’s infrastructure and regular donations to support breakfast for students. Other items such as reading and colouring books, crayons and clothes were also handed over.  

KCWSA’s Public Relations Chairman Marshalyn Rose engages some of the children in Christmas carols.

Red Hills Basic School Principal Charmaine Williams said the donations were timely as the school no longer receives subsidy support from the government for breakfast, only for lunch. 

She said the items, which included milk, cornflakes, eggs, sugar, cornmeal, flour, etc., will help to shore up the school’s pantry as some of her 94 students do not regularly receive breakfast before leaving home due to financial and other challenges.

“We really appreciate the partnership the KCWSA has forged with us over the years, especially the ongoing contribution of breakfast items. We have some children on the PATH programme who don’t get breakfast before coming to school in the mornings. The club has built classrooms, and bathrooms for us, and is an ardent supporter of nutritious meals to kick start the children’s learning journey in the mornings,” she disclosed.

The club’s Young Priority One committee Director Ionie Henry said the KCWSA volunteers are highly motivated to serve the nation's children.

“The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew has had the benefit of some extremely committed members throughout its 40 years of adding value to the nation's Jamaica. Pooling our efforts has always registered meaningful impact on the children we serve. We invite others to join us in serving more children," she said.

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