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The Palmyra Foundation completes 2012 distribution

Books4Kids Jamaica - Tuesday, October 09, 2012
MONTEGO BAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012: The Palmyra Foundation announced today the completion of its 2012 book distribution, during which more than 50 sponsors and volunteers personally helped deliver bookbags to 5,800 children at 76 schools. This year, the charity added more than 30 community schools to their already substantial list of schools, distributing 25,000 books valued at over US$170,000.
Said Palmyra Foundation Board Member Frank Perolli; “We wish to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who made this year’s distribution possible.” Perolli highlighted program sponsors Dale and Kimberlyn Jones from Paul Mitchell The School in Nashville, Tennessee, who travelled to Jamaica with two other couples to join this year’s book distribution. The group, which included 5 ex-pat Jamaicans with a strong wish to help create a better future for the children of their native country, personally delivered books to 850 children at 9 schools in Trelawny, St. James and Westmoreland.

Other sponsors critical to this year’s effort were the teams from Seaboard Freight & Shipping who brought the books to the island and local transportation company Jamaica Tours Limited (JTL) who helped bring teams and books to the many schools, as well as program sponsors Crestone Capital Advisors and Landmark Associates. “We also wish to send a special thank you to Scholastic Publishers, which donated 10,000 free books to the 2012 distribution,” said Perolli.

The foundation also thanks The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Finance, The Jamaican Customs Department and Keith Thorpe Ltd. for their assistance in getting the books to Jamaica, as well as the Community Police Reading Program who helped in the distribution effort by bringing books to the children at 6 schools in the Montego Bay area.

A highlight of this year’s book distribution took place at Somerton All Age & Infant School, where former Prime Minister The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson joined the ranks of the charity’s volunteers on Wednesday September 19th. Handing out bookbags to the children at his alma mater while rubbing shoulders with former Speaker of the House Violet Neilson who hails from the same primary school, Mr. Patterson lauded the effort of The Palmyra Foundation. Said Jamaica’s longest serving Prime Minister; “I will never forget that whatever I was able to eventually achieve, rested on the pillars of sound education which began right here in Somerton school.”
Said the former Prime Minister; “The sooner we can begin to provide for our children by teaching them the skills of numeracy and literacy the better it will be for the nation of Jamaica. Each year the presentation by The Palmyra Foundation has been extended. It is growing bigger and contributing more to the development of our children and I hope that it will continue to grow from strength to strength as we seek to build the future of Jamaica with education as the critical key.”

This year, the charity accomplished it’s qualitative goal of maintaining an 85% average success rate on the “Palmyra Foundation Assessment” among children who received books. A remarkable 86% average success rate on the test was measured among 1510 Kindergarten children who received books from the charity at the beginning of the school year, which evaluates the children’s reading, writing, math and science skills. The results were praised by the Jamaica Observer newspaper, that stated; ‘Palmyra Foundation deserves high commendation for its book distribution programme under the banner, “The future is bright when you can read and write.”
A large part of the charity’s success is due to the fact that the children love the interactive and colourful 300 page BrainQuest Workbooks, which covers the core curriculum of Alphabet, Numbers, Phonics, Shapes and Colors. Paired with supporting reading books from Scholastic Publishers, the largest publisher of textbooks in the US, the overall effect has proven to be immediate. Starting in 2013, all schools who receive books from the charity will be required to administer the Assessments to their students, thereby actively helping to monitor results.

The 2012 distribution was featured on TVJ’s “Smile Jamaica” morning program, on TV channel CVM’s program “CVM at Sunrise”, in The Gleaner and Hospitality Jamaica newspaper.

With this year’s book distribution now completed, The Palmyra Foundation immediately begins its efforts to raise funds for next year’s books distribution with an Online Charity Auction planned for March 2013. Among 100 fantastic items on last year’s “virtual auction block” were DELTA and Jetblue Airways airline tickets, luxury vacation stays in Hawaii, Bali, Miami, Colorado, Italy, Spain, Dubai and Jamaica, a Royal Caribbean cruise, concert tickets and meet & greet with the world’s most revered flutist Sir James Galway in Washington DC. Revealed Perolli; “In 2012, our Online Charity Auction website had more than 11,000 visitors in a mere 3 weeks, and we hope to make next year’s auction even better. Please help us raise money for next year’s books through donations to our Online Charity Auction, whether it might be vacations stays, tickets, jewelry, “meet & greets” with famous personalities, sports memorabilia, art or restaurant vouchers.”

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PALMYRA FOUNDATION 2012 BOOK DISTRIBUTION – LIST OF SCHOOLS:
Montego Bay Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James
Catherine Hall Primary & Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James
Chatsworth Primary & Infant School, Maroon Town, St. James
Maldon Basic School, Maroon Town, St. James
Green Pond Primary & Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James
St. Peter’s Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Hampden Infant School, Hampden, Trelawny
Lucea Infant School, Lucea, Hanover
Bethel Infant School, Hopewell, Hanover
Upper Rock Spring All Age & Infant School, Lucea, Hanover
Alps Infant School, Ulster Spring, Trelawny
Spring Garden Infant School, Rock Spring, Trelawny
Albert Town Infant School, Albert Town, Trelawny
Freeman’s Hall Infant School, Albert Town, Trelawny
Goodwill All Age & Infant School, Chatham, St. James
Bethephil Baptist Basic School, Chatham, St. James
Rose Heights Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Vaughansfield All Age & Infant School, Flamstead Gardens, St. James
Flamstead Kids Basic School, Flamstead Gardens, St. James
Maroon Town Basic School, Maroon Town, St. James
Cambridge Infant School, Cambridge, St. James
Cambridge Basic School, Cambridge, St. James
Bickersteth Infant School, Bickersteth, St. James
Falmouth Infant School, Falmouth, Trelawny
Providence Height Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James
New Works Primary & Infant School, Darliston, Westmoreland
Enfield Primary School, Darliston, Westmoreland
Caledonia All Age & Infant School, Darliston, Westmoreland
St. John’s Infant School, Darliston, Westmoreland
Savanna-La-Mar Infant School, Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland
Little Bay All Age & Infant School, Little London, Westmoreland
Holly Hill Infant School, Bigwoods, Westmoreland
Kew Park Primary & Infant School, Lambs River, Westmoreland
Haddo Primary & Infant School, Ramble, Westmoreland
Petersfield Primary & Infant School, Petersfield, Westmoreland
Peggy Barry Primary and Infant School, Grange Hill, Westmoreland
Mount Zion Primary & Infant School, Rose Hall, St. James
Somerton All Age & Infant School, Somerton, St. James
Industry Basic School, Somerton, St. James
Mount Horeb Infant & Primary School, Mount Horeb, St. James
Jane Veira Kindergarden/ SOS Village, Rose Hall, St. James
Rose Hall Basic School, Rose Hall, St. James
Spot Valley Basic School, Spot Valley, St. James
Rose Heights Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Marinatha Learning Centre, Lilliput, St. James
Wee Care Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Port Antonio Infant School, Port Antonio, Portland
Central Basic School, Norwood, Montego Bay, St. James
Perry Street Faith Basic, Montego Bay, St. James
Ramble Hill Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Pathway Basic School, Roehampton, St. James
Sunderland Hill Basic School, Lottery Dist., St. James
Faith Temple Preparatory School, Montego Bay, St. James
Sterling Basic School, Moye Hall, Montego Bay, St. James
Bogue Hill SDA Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Crooked Spring Basic School, John’s Hall, St. James
Called to Excellence Basic School, Norwood, Montego Bay, St. James
Full Gospel Basic School, Montego Bay St. James
Glendevon SDA Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
Nazarene Early Childhood Institution, Montego Bay, St. James
New Testament Basic School, Glendevon, Montego Bay, St. James
Vin Codling Basic School, Rose Mount, Montego Bay, St. James
Gutters Basic School, Granville, Montego Bay, St. James
James Rodlyn Basic School, Granville, Montego Bay, St. James
Rodlyn Fisher Basic School, Granville, Montego Bay, St. James
Retirement Basic School, Granville, Montego Bay, St. James
Retrieve Basic School, Retrieve, Montego Bay, St. James
Johnson Basic School, Elderlie, St. James
Horse Guards Basic School, Garlands, St. James
Dumfries Basic School, Dumfries, St. James
Wakefield Basic School, Wakefield, Trelawny
Westhaven Children’s Home for the Disabled, Copse, Hanover
Tangle River Basic School, Point, St. James
Sunderland Basic School, Lottery Dist., St. James
Lethe Basic School, Lethe, Hanover
Lethe Primary School, Lethe, Hanover