The Union of Jewish Women (UJW) celebrated Mandela Day with Floradale Primary School on Friday in Nompumelelo township in Beacon Bay, East London.
Excited foundation phase learners pupils gathered for a talk and demonstration on dental healthcare, while the intermediate phase enjoyed a handover of over more than a thousand 1 000 books.
UJW chair woman, Michelle Rosenthal said they try to do something on every Mandela Day as because giving back to the community is important.
“We had previously done this dental health care portion with Cranberry Primary School for two years. We then decided to also spread it over to another school,” Rosenthal said.
Floradale Primary also has a reading club started by an alumni, Mbulelo Bokwe.
He said that working with the Community Police Forum (CPF) and the school’s student governing body (SGB) helped him understand the community.
Bokwe, or Shoes as he’s popularly known, has also started a reading club that is open to the community. The Siyakholwa Reading and Writing Club helps children with reading problems, aimed at those aged between four and 13.
The Hudson Port Rex Lions Cubs, a service/outreach group at Hudson Park Primary School, is involved in many community projects.
The Cubs donated 1,091 books to Floradale and organised reading sessions. Hudson Park pastoral pillar Morgan Lands said they decided to promote reading and education to honour the memory and legacy of Mandela.
“The Cubs appealed to the Port Rex Lions Club, the school, family and friends and received with a large donation from St John’s Anglican Church,” Lands said.
UJW member Lisa Schewitz said the union is very grateful to partner with Hudson Park Primary to get involved with Floradale Primary.