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Children receive school supplies @ West End Back to School Fair

Parents and children clamouring for school supplies at the Back to School Fair yesterday August 17, 2014 at the Benjamin Romney Park, West End, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Just some of the school supplies to be given to the children. Photo: VINO
Just some of the school supplies to be given to the children. Photo: VINO
President of the West End Community Centre Committee Charles E. Benjamin said, “This is the second annual back to school fair that we have conducted for the children who live on the western end of the island.” Photo: VINO
President of the West End Community Centre Committee Charles E. Benjamin said, “This is the second annual back to school fair that we have conducted for the children who live on the western end of the island.” Photo: VINO
These children had fun with their painted on masks. Photo: VINO
These children had fun with their painted on masks. Photo: VINO
Preparing for the three-legged race. Photo: VINO
Preparing for the three-legged race. Photo: VINO
And they're off! Photo: VINO
And they're off! Photo: VINO
It was not as easy as it looks for them! Photo: VINO
It was not as easy as it looks for them! Photo: VINO
She was not missing any of the action! Photo: VINO
She was not missing any of the action! Photo: VINO
Lime and spoon race gets underway. Photo: VINO
Lime and spoon race gets underway. Photo: VINO
Boys' tug of war. Photo: VINO
Boys' tug of war. Photo: VINO
The girls showing their power at tug of war. Photo: VINO
The girls showing their power at tug of war. Photo: VINO
These chose to spend some time at the water's edge. Photo: VINO
These chose to spend some time at the water's edge. Photo: VINO
WEST END, Tortola, VI – The West End Community Centre held its 2nd annual Back to School Fair at the Benjamin Romney Park in West End, for children from communities in the area yesterday August 17, 2014 at the end of which they all received school supplies.

The day was a fun-filled one for families living in the West End communities with face-painting, helium filled balloons, portrait photo taking, bouncy castles and other rides and other activities for children of various ages.

Further there were races such as sack race, three legged race and lime and spoon race and physical activities.

At the end of the fair, which lasted for four hours, the Committee distributed school writing books and other school supplies to children from the primary level all the way up to those attending the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.

President of the West End Community Centre Committee Charles E. Benjamin said, “This is the second annual back to school fair that we have conducted for the children who live on the western end of the island.”

“In fact we do it for the children who reside in West End, Belmont Hill, Belmont Park, Spy Glass Hill…and Frenchman’s Cay [among others],” he said, in a comment to this news site while at the fair.

“We bring the children in and we provide activities for them and at the end of the day they will all receive appropriate school supplies,” he said.

In addition to the games and the other activities, there were musical performances and demonstrations of martial arts by the Purple Dragon Dojo.

“We are doing some of the traditional games that we used to know from the 60s [such as] tug of war, three-legged race, sack race, lime and spoon, and the kids are just having a lot of fun so we are quite pleased,” he said.

Benjamin said that one of the aims of the Committee is to encourage reading among children and he urged that parents read to their children as a means of fostering a love for the activity.

11 Responses to “Children receive school supplies @ West End Back to School Fair ”

  • just asking (18/08/2014, 15:39) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is Andrew?
    • @just asking (18/08/2014, 18:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Checkout the same article on B.V.I. Platinum and you will see Andrew in one of the pictures there.
    • answering (18/08/2014, 19:19) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      He was present, the whole time.
    • ..... (19/08/2014, 08:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      because a picture doesn't show his presence does not mean that he is not there...
  • a bvislander (18/08/2014, 15:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What an enormous and generous donation by the Visitor/businessman and newly welcomed individual. How great he and his wife are...Thank you so much is very shallow for the very grand gifts for the children.
  • george w touch (18/08/2014, 20:50) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fahie better watch that Charles dude
    • resident (23/08/2014, 11:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He aint got to watch a ting.. Charlie can't get in the First District if he was a Monkey & the Election was a Banana....He is Too sometimish... We don't need him in the house at all...
  • Would be (18/08/2014, 21:25) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Nice if all families in the Western Community were informed about this event.
    • dog (19/08/2014, 09:58) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      this has always been the problem even with public meetings. The day before or morning of is not enough time. An event like this would have been great publicity for Andrew and District 1 as an area which cares.
      It is also a good move if Charles wants to get into politics because he puts his money where his mouth is. He walks the talk. It is a sincere event, not arrogant. High visibility events get people to know the organizers. Congratulations and keep it up!
    • East End Chic (19/08/2014, 11:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen to your radio and read the ads posted around. Our problem is we do not listen and read.
      • pat (19/08/2014, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I read the newspapers and many notices do not get submitted because of deadlines. That is why we need earlier notices.


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