Saturday, May 18, 2024

Raising the bar as a child-friendly community, SPTC hosts Family Day


With its commitment to being a child-friendly community, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) and the Child Advisory Board hosted a Family Day at the town’s central park on Sunday, May 28th. The event, attended by several island families, was full of fun activities such as parades, performances, live music, games, and fabulous giveaways.
Councillors Dianeli Aranda, Jose Castellanos, and Johnnia Duarte, along with other volunteers, organized the activities, which started shortly after 11AM. Family Day began with a parade, featuring the San Pedro Police Cadets marching to the beat of the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School marching band. The San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School and San Pedro High School marching bands were also part of the fun demonstration.
With the day declared officially open, the fun began at the central park. Parents and their children enjoyed organized activities conducted by DJ Debbie, who was also providing great music throughout the day. Children and adults alike participated in games such as relay races, sack races, tug o’ war, watermelon eating contests, hot potato, dancing competitions, and many other fun games. Prizes and tokens were given to the participants and winners. The Family Day also extended to the beach, where kids played and swam in the sea. Some children played in large pool floats while others had fun in the over-the-water slide recently built by the SPTC.
Close to 3PM and near the end of the event, Councillor Aranda took the time to thank everyone for their support and participation. She joined the SPTC in sharing joy at the sight of all the families that came out to have fun with their children. As part of her Women, Youth, and Children Affairs Portfolio, Aranda hopes that these events continue to benefit island families. Organized activities such as this are made to encourage families to be active and healthy.

Under the child-friendly municipality recognition, the SPTC has been organizing special occasions to engage island families and promote a healthy environment, especially for children. The town administration has also renovated parks, playgrounds, and other public areas. This initiative, which is being implemented across the country, is being done under the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, and entails the protection of children and providing them with a safe and healthy living environment.
Since June 2021, San Pedro has held the silver certification as a child-friendly community. San Pedro is the only municipality to have reached this status in the country. After the silver certification, the next level is gold and platinum.

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