Jamaica. Facilitated by Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa.
Twenty-eight youngsters from Westmoreland and St Elizabeth recently participated in the first-ever Poetry and Presentation Summer Camp facilitated by Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa.
The camp, driven by the slogan ‘play with your words: Create your poetic masterpiece’, ran from July 27 to August 2 at the Whitehouse Branch Library. Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16 were given the opportunity to work with writers, English teachers, actors from the Tight Theatre Company, and representatives from the Jamaica Cultural and Development Commission’s St Elizabeth office. The week culminated with a Grand Poetry Show where participants took to the stage on Sunday, August 2 to showcase their poetic talents to colleagues, family members and the wider community.
The camp, which was conceptualised by Sandals Whitehouse’s General Manager Courtney Miller and hosted by the resort’s public relations department, represented the resort chain’s commitment to the holistic development of youths.
“The results of the camp were exactly what we hoped for; not only were the campers’ writing skills developed, but also their confidence and poise. Many of them recognised their talent there and we saw them grow in confidence throughout the week,” Miller said.