- Shoe Box School Supplies & Toy Drive
In 2008, JAMPACT reintroduced its annual school supplies and toy drive.
Through drop-off locations dispersed across 4 boroughs in New York, JAMPACT
collected a range of school-related items and toys wrapped from generous
donors of all ages, which were then sent to Kingston, Jamaica and divided
amongst our four adopted basic schools-- Crescent Road, Coles, St. Steven's,
and Maxfield Park Children’s Home Basic Schools.
In 2009, JAMPACT achieved its goal of sending 1,000 backpacks and school
supplies to the children at our adopted schools as well as those in the
to Inquire about the School Supplies & Toy Drive.
Each year JAMPACT hosts Christmas Treats, which provide a day of fun, food and
gifts for the teachers, children and staff of each of the adopted schools in
Kingston, Jamaica. The classrooms receive extra items to enhance their play
areas, such as magnetic alphabets, number sets and Legos. Additionally schools
receive recreational items i.e. balls, jump ropes, teaching aids in math, science,
language arts, notebooks, reading books, paper and crayons. Subject to the
availability of funds JAMPACT assists schools in need of infrastructure development.
"Every year we look forward to this Christmas Treat and the bonus presents which
add so much to our classrooms. The children are happy to see the visitors and the
community turns out in large numbers," said Mrs. Bennett, Principal of Crescent Rd.
On September 20, 2008, JAMPACT held its inaugural Fashion Show to raise funds
for our basic schools. This annual event, themed "Roots, Rockin’, Royal",
features several Jamaican/Caribbean inspired clothing lines exhibiting the
latest ensembles, along with performances by special guest artistes.
Christmas cards are created by children from JAMPACT’s adopted basic schools.
Using their creative minds, holiday drawings are made on blank cards, which are
then sold to the public. The children enjoy this activity, as it is their way
of taking initiative to ensure their academic future while showing gratitude
for the items donated to their school.
To further support fundraising efforts, JAMPACT hosts raffle drawings
throughout the year. Prizes are given to winners for their participation
in furthering JAMPACT's mission.