HUNDREDS of students across western Jamaica are to benefit from over 1,000 children's books which were presented to representatives of the Ministry of Education and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) by passengers of the cruise ship, Festival at Sea, which docked in Montego Bay, St James, last week.
The donation was facilitated by the San Francisco, California-based agency, Blue World Travel, in the United States, through its Children's Book Drive, in collaboration with the operators of Festival at Sea.
The project, launched some 21 years ago, enables passengers and other stakeholders associated with the agency and vessel to donate educational literature to youngsters resident in any of the towns or cities, and their environs, where the ship makes a port of call. This, is a kind gesture of gratitude to stakeholders at the destinations visited where the hospitality extended was deemed satisfactory.
Addressing passengers from the ship and other participants during the handing- over ceremony at the Montego Bay Ship Terminal, JTB Regional Director Rose Marie Johnson expressed gratitude for the generous contribution, noting that the gesture is consistent with the agency's 'voluntourism' initiative.