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by J. Soso-Vincent 19.DEC.08

It’s that time of year again, when Santa brings gifts for all the well-behaved children. The pre-school-aged children who attended the Rotary Club/Children’s Welfare Fund Christmas Party must have been extremely good this year, because they were treated to a fine spread!{{more}}

Hosted at the Government House on Saturday, December 13th, the party saw children from various pre-schools around the island indulging in goodies such as snow cones, popcorn, ice cream, juice, cheese sandwiches and sausage rolls.

The Governor-General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, who was accompanied by his wife and children, related how immensely he enjoys the party each year. “It is done to show our combined love for the children of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” he expressed.

Sir Frederick was full of praise for all the organizations that contribute on a yearly basis. In particular, he thanked the Pre-School teachers who constantly work hard at caring for the children. “When I see so many bright-eyed children, my heart is swollen with glory knowing that the future is in good hands.”

President of the Rotary Club (St. Vincent) Brian George was delighted by the sizeable turnout of pre-schoolers. “It really makes our hearts glad to be involved in this!” he exclaimed. George also related that every year the children’s party has been a success and he was overjoyed that this year’s event has followed in the same vein.

With smiling faces and loud voices, the pre-schoolers had their turn at the microphone when they went up to give their renditions and own interpretations of Christmas carols.

A very jolly, albeit slim, Santa Claus whipped the children into a frenzy when he arrived to distribute Christmas presents. Carlton “C.P” Hall was also on hand to provide entertainment.

The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Band entertained the crowd with a rousing medley of Christmas songs. And the infectious rhythms left children and adults alike with no other option but to stand up and dance to the music.

The invited Pre-Schools included VINSAVE, YWCA Day Nursery, Salvation Army Pre-School, Methodist Pre-School Kingstown, Kingstown Day Nursery, First Impressions Pre-School Mesopotamia, Glebe Pre-School Barrouallie, Red Cross Pre-School Chateaubelair, Fitz Hughes Pre-School and the Theodora McKenzie Pre-School Rose Bank.