Mr. Val Henry, MyVueNews.com
Basseterre, St. Kitts, Wednesday, 1st August, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – Over 98 early childhood facilities in St. Kitts are benefiting from a very generous donation of fire safety implements that are being provided by the Christophe Harbour Foundation. The support being extended this time around is with some 120 fire extinguishers that the foundation says is part of a very important initiative to equip all childcare facilities in the island with adequate fire safety equipment.
The first set was handed over during a ceremony held at the McKnight Day Care Center, on Friday, 27th July, by the Director of Safety & Security at Christophe Harbour, Steve Fussey.
Representatives from another 22 of the Federation’s 103 centers were also on hand to receive their extinguishers, while other facilities were visited the same day by Christophe Harbour officials to present to the heads of the day care and Pre Schools not at the ceremony.
While accepting the donation, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Vincent Hodge, indicated that he has been reliably informed that a number of schools and education centers have openly expressed their appreciation for what they declare, is ongoing invaluable support from the Christophe Harbour Foundation.
Hodge said that education officials have advised him that the foundation is a very strong supporter of their initiatives, especially in times of great need.
The Permanent Secretary, who also brought remarks on behalf of the Minister of Education, Shawn Richards, used the occasion to laud Christophe Harbour for other areas of assistance, saying, “We are aware that you are putting a lot of resources into our autism center,” which he said they are hoping to open on 4th September, 2018.
In a very touching display of gratitude, the day care children, some as young as two years old, performed a modified version of the song, “If you happy and you know it”, demonstrating their appreciation to the foundation for the timely donation.
Resource teacher at the Early childhood Development Unit, Andrea Liddie presented Mr. Fussy with a Certificate of Appreciation, saying that the gift of extinguishers comes at a time when the ministry has been placing much emphasis on finding ways to better secure the facilities, creating safer environments.
The ceremony also heard from the Director of Early Childhood, June Wallace, who offered words of commendation and Katrina Seaton, Supervisor of the McKnight Day Care Center, gave the opening remarks.