Amidst the holiday season celebrations, on Monday Governor John P. deJongh Jr. and first lady Cecile deJongh announced the schedule of events for the 2011 children’s holiday parties in both districts, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.
“Cecile and I are delighted to once again host the annual children’s holiday parties and look forward to celebrating the joy of the season with all residents of the territory, including for the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays,” Governor deJongh said.
As part of the holiday festivities planned on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, educational gifts, including the newly published book, “The Lesson Box,” by local author Tregenza Roach will be distributed to children in grades K-3.
“Every year, we work with a local author to publish a children’s book to distribute at the end-of-year holiday season events. This year’s book is a wonderful story of family, friendship and community that is sure to delight children and families. The governor and I look forward to sharing this enjoyable book with the children of the Virgin Islands,” Cecile de Jongh said.
The schedule for the 2011 Children’s Holiday Parties includes:
- St. Croix: Dec. 10 at Government House, Christiansted from 1:30-4 p.m.
- St. Thomas: Dec. 17 at Emancipation Garden, from 3-5 p.m.
- St. John: Dec. 19 at the Battery, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Children and families throughout the Virgin Islands are invited to celebrate the holiday season with Governor and first lady deJongh, along with Santa Claus and his merry elves. Light refreshments will be served.
The governor and first lady will also host the 5th Annual Christmas Fair on St. Croix at Government House, Christiansted, at Queens Cross Street and Government House courtyard, from 11-5 p.m. on Dec. 10. Arts and crafts vendors as well as various food stands will be in place.