Digicel Star Jus Skool a success


August 29, 2016
Patrick Planter/ Photographer A section of the many people who attended the Digicel STAR Jus' Skool fair at the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston on Saturday.

With 7,500 back-to-school packages distributed, the Digicel-STAR Jus' Skool fair has been deemed a success.

"Last year, we issued 5,000 packages so with a 25 per cent increase this year we are certainly proud that we were able to help even more students get ready for the new school year," said Danielia McLean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.

The packages included a school bag, reading books, along with a variety of stationery such as pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers, sharpeners, geometry sets, paint sets, and crayons.

"Mi glad that Digicel come do this fi wi. What I like is that the things dem are of good quality. The school bag look like it will last the year and the stationery dem nice and pretty. Sometimes, when people giving away free things they give us bad things [sub-standard quality], but Digicel come nice up di day fi wi," said Latoya Givens, whose six-year-old daughter was a beneficiary of the fair.

Another parent, Fitzroy Barnes, was also appreciative of the fair: "I been here since the gate open and my two kids been happy. They eat free all day, they go on the rides, my son get a haircut. Now I don't have to buy no school bag, which is what I really came downtown to do today; so them happy and me happy too because mi save some money."

There were also other impressive numbers - more than 300 children received medical and optical checks and more than 320 boys got haircuts.

The Digicel-Star Jus' Skool back-to-school fair was sponsored by KSAC, CB Chicken, Milo, Honey Bun, KFC, Tastee, Pure National Ice, Reggae Jammin, Tango's Entertainment, Big Jo, Courts Optical, Bullhead Water, Jamaica Producers, Courts Readi Cash, and LearningHub.online.

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