Friday, January 23, 2009

Exhibition Day!

By Jack and Barbara Clarke, CCF Donors and Rick Falco, President and Creative Director of Vision Project

We arrived at the school early and set up the posters in the auditorium so that the kids' classmates could view their work. Everything was on display from 9 a.m. to noon and many of the school's students and teachers came to see the posters.

Afterwards, we took all of the posters to the Old Fort in Grand Bay and put them on walls for the afternoon exhibition. Many people passing by on the street came in and took a look at all the wonderful work out students did.

At about 3:30 p.m., the president of the country, President Liverpool, arrived with his security detail and several members of the local press. He and his wife were escorted in and a short program was presented by CCF director Francis Joseph. I also gave a quick speech and Barb and Gelina presented each student with their portfolio and participation certificate.

Lunch was served to the president and guests. The slideshow showcased more of the students’ work and the president strolled around to look at the posters. All in all, it was a great ending to a long and roller coaster of three weeks!

A little about the president: The Commonwealth of Dominica is an independent country with a democratically elected legislature and head of state. Like in Great Britain, the head of state is the prime minister. The president is elected by the legislature, and serves in a figure head role attending government and special social functions around the country. President Liverpool is much loved by his citizens.

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