BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, May 9, 2018 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — When the crowds that included their parents, siblings, neighbours, and even people they would never have seen before turned out, children from Red House rose to the occasion. They overcame their shyness and beat the pre-competition hot favourites Gold House in the epic Tabernacle Day Care Centre’s Mini Sports and Fun Day held on Saturday May 5.
Ms Javelle Mills, Supervisor Tabernacle Day Care Centre, said that children had been training long before the mini sports day to expose them to competitiveness. Gold House always emerged at the top, beating the other two houses Red and Blue. The school compound was used for the training and when that happened, only teachers and their fellow pupils would be present.
But when the actual event came about, children from Gold House panicked when they saw the large crowds and some even started crying. This did not happen with those from Red House as they gallantly fought their way and carried the day, with Blue House taking the second position. When the children were practising they did not have a finish line tape. It was therefore observed that when some of the winners got to the tape, they just stopped before it.
The event, which was a fundraiser, was well supported by corporate entities and members of the local community including Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris who is the local area Parliamentary Representative. “The support we received was great,” said Supervisor Mills. “It was so much more than we expected. We asked and yes, we received.”
Ms Mills noted that while they had anticipated holding a sports event only, they realised that with the small compound they have at the centre, they would not hold many events to have the event going. They ended up holding mini races. That being the case they introduced other fun games where lots of prizes were at stake. Treasure hunt was a marvel as older siblings of the day care pupils ran all over the classrooms looking for the hidden treasure.
“What a community!” exclaimed Ms Mills. “They came out in their numbers whether they have a child here or not, because they heard the news. They wanted to know what was going on and so they came in their numbers and that is something, we as the staff at the Tabernacle Day Care Centre, greatly appreciate.”
She was however disappointed when fathers shied away when asked to take part in a fathers’ race, forcing the mothers to compete twice. “If I am having a parents’ meeting, and when I see my fathers it just warms my heart, because it shows that they support their children, small as they are,” observed Ms Mills. “But I do not know if they were too shy or whatever because you know how persons are. That is why the mothers decided they were going to dominate it.”