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March 3, 2014
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Remembering our past - Pleasant Valley Primary School celebrates Jamaica day in style
Horace Fisher, STAR Writer


Children participate in maypole during the Jamaica Day celebrations. - Horace Fisher

Pleasant Valley Primary School observed Jamaica Day with a number of entertaining historical and cultural presentations that delighted the 138 students, staff and scores of parents in Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, Friday.

The annual calendar event, which was observed under the theme, Celebrating Jamaica: sporting greatness in my community, took on added significance at Pleasant Valley Primary, the alma mater of Jamaica's sporting icon, Herb McKenley, where the legendary 400-metre Olympian began his athletic greatness.

The school's principal, Marvelene Carney-Russell, told The Star that Jamaica Day is a lesson in where we are coming from as a nation and an opportunity for an oversight on where we want to go. She said children in many schools are disconnected from Jamaica's past, and events like Jamaica Day will reconnect them to the history.

enlighten students

"Apart from the fun and excitement, Jamaica Day is an opportunity to enlighten our students about the nation's history," principal Carney-Russell said.

The excited students were treated to a variety of foods, dances (maypole and Classic Flexx dancers) drumming, poems, marches, cultural music, skits, and safety measures from the May Pen's police's Community Safety and Security branch.

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