Bluefields Bay Basic School is a preschool which serves 45 children from ages 3 through 6 years old in a quiet farming and fishing community on Jamaica’s South Coast.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags and Handheld Pencil Sharpeners
Laminated Wall Charts:
Bodies of Water, Human Body, Members of Family, Science, and Types of Transportation
Age-Appropriate Story Books
Acrylic Paints, Craft Glue, Large Beads for Stringing, and String
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printer Cartridges (662 XL tri-color & negra black HP deskjet ink advantage), Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and USB Cables
Interactive CDs (such as Leapfrog), Large Ethnic Dolls, and Puzzles
Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles
Books about Gardening, Hand Forks, Small Pruning Shears, and Spades
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.