Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony welcomed hundreds of guests to his Official Residence on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The occasion was one that the Office of the Prime Minister has hosted for several years, a Christmas party for children with special needs.
The children came from The Dunnottar School, Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre, Soufriere Special Education and Rehabilitation Centre, The Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association, Dennery Development Centre and Vieux Fort Special Education Centre.
They met Santa Claus, and were treated to snacks, lunch, ice cream, toys, a bouncy castle and goodie bags. In turn, they regaled the audience with song and dance.
In welcoming the children to the Official Residence, the Prime Minister also had special words of praise for their teachers.
Said Dr. Anthony,
“People say that your teachers are looking after you because you are special. Well, I believe that your teachers are very special people. They are special because they have a lot of love, they have a lot of patience, they know how to care, and they know how to give love in return.
“And sometimes we don’t tell them thank you. So I want today to tell the teachers thank you very much for what you do for the children, what you do for the country, what you do for the parents, what you do for everyone.”
In attendance at Wednesday’s party were Cabinet colleagues, Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis; and Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Hon. Alvina Reynolds; as well as Leader Of The Opposition, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert.