The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort & Spa hosted chil­dren and teach­ers from three Early Child­hood Learn­ing Cen­tres within the Den­nery District and the Den­nery Child Devel­op­ment Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day 21 Novem­ber, 2018 com­mem­o­rat­ing United Na­tions' Uni­ver­sal Chil­dren's Day, ob­served in­ter­na­tion­ally on 20 Novem­ber, for a fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

Eight teach­ers and thir­tytwo pre-school chil­dren from Good Be­gin­nings ECLC, Den­nery ECLC and La Caye ECLC were joined by a con­tin­gent of spe­cial needs chil­dren from the Den­nery Child Devel­op­ment Cen­tre for an af­ter­noon of fun at Co­conut Bay. The group re­ceived a warm wel­come from Gen­eral Man­ager Zachary Fran­gos and the Co­coLand Kidz Klub Mas­cots Coco and Loco. The chil­dren were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing games at the 50,000 square foot Co­coLand Kidz Klub, wa­ter play at the Splash Water­park fea­tur­ing spilling buck­ets and foun­tains, and a visit to the Coco Cor­ral, the is­land's only on-re­sort pet­ting zoo for res­cued an­i­mals. They were also treated to tasty and healthy snacks along with re­fresh­ments.

Dur­ing his wel­come re­marks Mr. Zachary Fran­gos ex­pressed the plea­sure of man­age­ment to host the con­tin­gent in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Uni­ver­sal Chil­dren's Day. He noted: “We look for­ward to this ev­ery year in hopes of bring­ing joy and ex­cite­ment about ev­ery­thing Saint Lu­cia has to of­fer to the na­tion's chil­dren, and iden­ti­fy­ing with the UN Dec­la­ra­tion on the Rights of the Child. We are ex­cited to con­tinue the spirit of the up­com­ing sea­son of good­will when our man­age­ment and staff em­bark on our an­nual Christ­mas Out­reach pro­gramme in the com­ing weeks within the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.”

The UN Dec­la­ra­tion on the Rights of the Child was first ob­served in 1954. The Char­ter seeks to reaf­firm the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights, dig­nity and worth of chil­dren and pro­mote so­cial progress and bet­ter stan­dards of life in larger free­dom. Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort & Spa, through its phil­an­thropic pro­grammes, strives to show its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to these ideals.

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