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Wills join hands

The human chain link around the school’s playing field.

Let’s join hands and show we love Barbados,

Let’s join hands and show how much we care …

Young and old we work with one another

For the freedom which we hold so dear.

(Lyrics of the Chain link Song sung on November 30,1979.)

More than 200 students of Wills Primary School this morning joined hands around the playing field of their Maxwell, Christ Church school reminiscent of the human chain link formed around the island on November 30, 1979.

It was an initiative of the school’s outreach programme, Helping Hands, and allowed the young students to be part of an event that some of their parents might have participated in 33 years ago.

Director of Helping Hands Alice George told Barbados TODAY that the school did the same thing two years ago but on a much smaller scale.

“This year we decided that the Helping Hands we want to make a difference at all cost. We wanted to re-enact what took place in 1979, I think that left a great impression on people, that human chain that was formed. As an outreach programme, I think it’s important we show children cultural, charitable and social aspects.

The children not only held hands and sang the song, they also placed dollar coins in front of them, which were collected for a shoebox project.

That project should see the 40 members reaching out to the less fortunate through the provision of food items and age appropriate gifts.

Next Friday they will be going to a senior citizen’s home to sing for the residents and that same day the children will be singing at Turtle Beach Hotel in Dover.

The proceeds from the raffle of a Simpson Motors test drive/loaner car, which was won by Juanita Simmons, would also go towards the shoebox project.

George said the group raised funds through the sale of Independence wrist bands, and would continue its efforts through a Valentine’s event, a walk.

President Kyra Griffith said she joined the programme because she wanted to go on tours and help people. She also said she really wanted to join and she liked when they made things and sang carols.

Both Vice President Leanna Arthur and Secretary Annique Zephrin said they liked being part of the programme that assisted others. (DS)

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