HIGHLIGHTING TALENT “The unique meet further seeks to highlight athletic talent from various independent schools located in western and central Jamaica,” he added. The event will have three classes for both prep and high schools and feature all the standard relays, high jump, long jump, ball throw, shot put, and more. There will, however, be a few special events for the physically and mentally challenged student athletes. “We believe that sports can be used as a powerful tool to pass on values, principles, and character development. This belief is the core operating principle behind the concept of this invitational meet, and what CPJ and associate sponsors are investing in,” Boynes outlined. The meet will also be used as a platform for charity, with all participating student athletes being asked to bring in gifts (including cash) that will be donated to an aid organisation. Rajah Thomas of CPJ noted that the company has been proud to be part of the event since day one and hopes to continue future sponsorship. More than 30 schools are set to compete in the highly anticipated 2017 staging of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association-Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (JISA-CPJ) Invitational Friendship meet to be held in Montego Bay, St James, next week. The one-day meet, which is in its fifth year, is slated to be staged at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall on Wednesday, April 12. The number of schools participating this year is up by six when compared to last year’s event, where institutions such as St John’s Prep and Victor Dixon High were in the top rankings at the primary level and secondary level, respectively. Both institutions will make a return this year, which will feature 24 schools such as St James Preparatory School, New Horizon Preparatory School, Hemmingay Prep, and Hosanna Prep School in the Preparatory School Division. Achievers Multi-Resource Centre, Genesis Academy, Northgate High, Victor Dixon High, Victory Academy, Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, and St John’s High will make up the high school category. “The meet is aimed at strategically contributing to the nation-building process by using sporting activities to promote value-based education,” explained Pastor Wesley Boynes, president of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA), at Tuesday’s launch in the Second City.
For the 28th consecutive year, North End Against Drugs will be providing a bunch of events free of charge to all North End Families, Teenagers, Single Adults and Senior Citizens during the summer. What started out as North End Family Pride Day 28 years ago has now transcended into a week’s worth of events called NEAD Family Fun Festival. Events include a Boston Harbor Boat Cruise, National Night Out, A Puppet Show, Movie Night, Sports Night and LaFesta Baseball Exchange as well as Free Arts and Crafts! This yearly event costs over $16,000.00 to put on, not including the many in kind donations made. Many generous businesses, organizations, neighbors and our local political officers provide donations year after year to help defray the cost of this event, as well as the Taste of the North End and our Corporate Sponsor Eversource Energy. Each year it is tougher to meet our fundraising goal to pay for these great events. This year we will not get a grant that helped with 15% of that amount because the grant ended.You all can help us by making a donation of any amount, checks can be made out to NEAD and mailed to:NEADc/o Family Fun Festival30 North Bennet StreetBoston, Mass. 02113We thank you in advance for your support of these great programs and we hope to see you all at the events that run July 31st to August 6th, 2017.Sincerely,John RomanoNEAD President