Pen­cil­s4Kids con­tin­ues to sup­port St Eliz­a­beth school

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL STAR - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS Staff Re­porter

US-based char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion Pen­cil­s4Kids will kick off its an­nual com­mu­nity outreach ac­tiv­ity in Quick­step, St Eliz­a­beth, at the Quick­step Pri­mary School on Thurs­day.

With plans afoot to build a school li­brary, a first for the in­sti­tu­tion and com­mu­nity, ground is to be bro­ken by a group of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teers.

Randy Grif­fiths, founder of Pen­cil­s4Kids, told CEN­TRAL STAR, “Every­body will come to­gether and fin­ish up some paint­ing at the school, in­stall fans at the school, and lay the foun­da­tion for the li­brary.”

There will also be a mini clinic where the com­mu­nity will have an op­por­tu­nity to do check-ups.

Grif­fiths said: “There will be eye ex­ams for the el­derly. Gift bags for the stu­dents filled with pen­cils, books and other es­sen­tials for school. The res­i­dents from the com­mu­nity as well as vol­un­teers from other sec­tions of the is­land and over­seas will be here.”

Prin­ci­pal of Quick­step Pri­mary, Ali­cia Black, said that the con­tri­bu­tions by Pen­cil­s4Kids have been vi­tal.

Black said: “All we have to do is say and they do. Their con­tri­bu­tion has spanned over five years, rang­ing from pen­cils, books and sports equip­ment for our chil­dren.”

Black also pointed to safety and se­cu­rity ar­eas where the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion has been in­volved.

“Dur­ing the rainy sea­son, it would be slip­pery, and they paved an area where the chil­dren and teach­ers could walk. We also had a field that was rough and bumpy, they came and paved it and made it smooth enough for the kids. The perime­ter fenc­ing they started should be com­pleted this year. There was also a year they painted in­side and out­side the school. Stu­dents who were awarded top place­ments in GSAT have also ben­e­fited from the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Black told CEN­TRAL STAR.

The com­mu­nity is also set to ben­e­fit from a grand fundrais­ing event on Satur­day, which will cul­mi­nate the outreach projects for the week.

The event, dubbed ‘Where I’m From Char­ity Event’ will be held at Quick­step Pri­mary and fea­ture live per­for­mances by Ver­shon, Lit­tle John and Yanique ‘Di Curvy Diva’.

A vol­un­teer adds some paint to Quick­step Pri­mary.

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Mem­bers of the Pen­cil­s4Kids team.

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