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Family Fun Day At The Do Good Jamaica/Kingston Book Festival, March 17, 2012, Kingston JamaicaPublished Mar 13, 2012
On Saturday March 17, 2012, Emancipation Park will be abuzz with activities for families. The first ever joint Do Good Jamaica Festival/Kingston Book Festival will be held from 10am - 6pm and is considered part of the Official Jamaica 50 Calendar.
The organizers are especially pleased to offer a family fun day with free activities for kids. In addition to a day of readings, the children have a variety of activities organized for them such as arts, crafts and motion activities by El Centro, puppet-making/recycling by Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, robotics by Lego Yuh Mind Jrs./Halls of Learning, educational activities using technology, face-painting, balloon makers and more. “Our objective is to have fun educational activities for children. Learning is fun! We are especially delighted that in addition to all these great activities, there will be an appearance from Sesame Street Walk-Around Characters in conjunction with Beaches thanks to the Sandals Foundation! Sesame Street characters are known the world over for their ability to capture the attention of children while educating them”, said Deika Morrison, founder of Do Good Jamaica.
Speaking on behalf of co-host, the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, publishing director Kellie Magnus said, “For the 50th anniversary of independence we're celebrating the breadth and diversity of the Jamaican book industry. More than two dozen of our leading publishers and retailers will be on hand exhibiting their full range of titles and offering special discounts and promotions for children and adults. We have a full schedule of authors lined up honouring the best and most popular books for the last 50 years and the new authors who are taking us forward into the next 50.”
From the Do Good Jamaica perspective, Morrison explained the purpose of the festival, “Since I founded Do Good Jamaica as a central place for civil society organizations, people have always commented that they didn’t know so many organizations were doing such great things. The festival is an opportunity for Jamaica’s leading foundations to showcase their work and the organizations and projects that they support – and for the public to get to know them better. Importantly too, the festival is an awareness and collection event for our project Crayons Count!” Crayons Count! is a campaign to support early childhood education. The project aims to put a learning kit in early childhood institutions across Jamaica. “Come out and enjoy the fun and bring something for kids in basic schools”, urged Morrison. “Together we can shape a generation and the time is now.”
Emancipation Park will be a Digicel Wifi HotSpot for the day, and the Digicel GoGreen team will be encouraging recycling of used crayon bits and plastic containers. The event is sponsored by Continental Baking Company Ltd. (National), The Gleaner Co. Ltd., Emancipation Park, The Early Childhood Commission, Wisynco, Digicel Foundation, Sandals Foundation, Sangsters/Crayola, National Supply, Supreme Ventures, Electro Tech, Green Energy Savings Ltd., Spanish Court Hotel and Guardsman.