The Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida, Inc., (JEPA) 2012 “Adopt a Basic School for A Day Project” will take place on Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Hilloughby Basic School, Cascade, Hanover. The object of the project is to expose the thirty students, three to six years old, to positive role models. The day’s activities will include reading for the children, storytelling, role play, entertainment and games. Awards will also be presented to students for outstanding academic achievements, discipline, and in other areas. Each child will also receive a gift bag with school supplies.
A first aid kit, books, building blocks, and other educational supplies will also be donated to the school. The initial project was launched in 2012 at Fair Prospect in Portland.
The following day, Tuesday, May 29, JEPA’s annual Jamaica Police Station Refurbishing Project will take place at Warsop Police Station, Trelawny. At the conclusion of the refurbishing project, JEPA’s Annual Jamaican Scholarship will be awarded to a high school student from Trelawny, and a special presentation of a bass guitar will be made to the JCF. Medical equipment and supplies will also be donated to a medical institution from Trelawny. The scholarship winner will be selected by the Community Security Branch of the JCF.
This is the ninth year of the police station project. The initial project was launched at Four Paths, Clarendon. Since then, Luceau Police Post, Hanover, Richmond Police Station, St. Mary, Ocho Rios Police Station, St. Ann, Negril Police Station, Westmoreland, Bog Walk Police Station, St. Catherine, Alligator Pond Police Station, Manchester and Castle Police Station, Portland, have all benefitted from the project.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mrs. Dianne McIntosh, other dignitaries, and the JCF hierarchy are expected to be in attendance.
President of JEPA and 2012 Project Coordinator, Dub poet Malachi Smith, will conclude the evening’s presentation with a short performance. Malachi was the JCDC 2009 Most Outstanding Writer and 2011, Independent Voyces Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He is a nominee for IRAWMA’s 2012 Poet of the Year and will represent Jamaica at the 22nd Medellin International Poetry Festival in Colombia from June 24 to June 30.
Members of JEPA will be in Jamaica from May 24 to May 31.