Stories of Optimism

Youth Club Projects Get Four Stars
May 21, 2014

JOOI Clubs conduct outstanding projects to bring out the best in kids and serve their communities. The Members that participated in these projects deserve a round of applause for their efforts.

Organizations Working Together to Serve the Community
The Junior Optimist Society and the Twin City Area Optimists collected items from a wish list for the St. Louis Ronald McDonald House. JOOI Members were given money and they visited a discount education supply store to purchase games, puzzles and books. They also collected items, including nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and sample size personal care items.  Six dictionaries from the TCA Club’s dictionary project were also included in the contributions.

Seven JOOI and three adult Members delivered the items to the Ronald McDonald House to be used by the visiting families.  The Optimists received a tour of the home and were excited to learn more about the work of the organization.

Gear Up to Reading
The Garrison Octagon Debating Club, Barbados Association of Reading and the Bay Primary School joined together to host a project. They organized the ‘Gear Up to Reading’ activity as part of the Literacy Jamboree, held in conjunction with the International Literacy Day Celebrations. Participants carried placards and chanted pro-literacy slogans along the main road of the capitol city of Bridgetown. Ten Members of the Octagon Club took part in the awareness raising walk.

Participants also distributed books at one of the main bus terminals in town. A second-hand book booth was set up in Heroes Square to allow people to exchange or purchase used books. After the walk, refreshments donated by local establishments were served. The participants from Bay Primary School and invited guests told stories and read poems.





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