The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony wel­comed hun­dreds of guests to his Of­fi­cial Res­i­dence on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 9th, 2015. The oc­ca­sion was one that the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter has hosted for sev­eral years: a Christ­mas party for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

The chil­dren came from The Dun­not­tar School, Lady Gor­don Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre, Soufriere Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, The Saint Lucia Blind Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion, Den­nery De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre and Vieux Fort Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre. They met Santa Claus and were treated to snacks, lunch, ice cream, toys, a bouncy cas­tle and goodie bags. In turn, they re­galed the au­di­ence with song and dance.

In wel­com­ing the chil­dren to the Of­fi­cial Res­i­dence, the Prime Min­is­ter also had spe­cial words of praise for their teach­ers.

Said Dr. An­thony, “Peo­ple say that your teach­ers are look­ing af­ter you be­cause you are spe­cial. Well, I be­lieve that your teach­ers are very spe­cial peo­ple. They are spe­cial be­cause they have a lot of love, they have a lot of pa­tience, they know how to care, and they know how to give love in re­turn.

“And some­times we don’t tell them thank you. So I want to­day to tell the teach­ers thank you very much for what you do for the chil­dren, what you do for the coun­try, what you do for the par­ents, what you do for ev­ery­one.”

In at­ten­dance at Wed­nes­day’s party were Cab­i­net col­leagues, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis, and Min­is­ter for Health, Well­ness, Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions, Hon. Alv­ina Reynolds, as well as Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigob­ert.

Prime Min­is­ter Kenny An­thony shares some fun,

laugh­ter and joy with chil­dren.

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