Santa pays a visit to island children

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 50            December 21, 2006

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Lions Annual Children’s Party

Too cool for Santa? Not this lovely angel! She was quite happy to sit in Santa's lap and receive her Christmas present.

Babies eveywhere and Baby William Sterling seems quite intrigued by his present!

Is this baby crying because he only got one present? We're sure it's the first of MANY!

On Sunday, December 17th, 2006, the San Pedro Lions Club held their annual Children’s Christmas Party at the den. Kids from all over turned up to receive their gift from old jolly red himself, Mr. Kris Kringle. Not only were they treated to their gifts but their tickets also entitled them to a bag of candy, an apple and a soda. Rice and beans was on sale as well.

    The Lions are also planning their Senior Citizen’s Dinner scheduled for Friday, December 22nd, 2006 to begin at 7:30 p.m. All citizen’s 65 and over are invited to attend, FREE of charge. Should you need to be picked up, kindly call Lions Kainie (226-2070), Stephen (226-2047) or Steve (226-3090).

    Caroling has been set for the night of December 24th. All lions and friends are asked to be at the den at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Cross’ first annual Christmas party

Holy Cross students are quite content to wait in line to meet Santa.

Children enjoyed making Christmas cards for family & friends during the party.

Children show off their bag of treats that Santa brought for them on this very special trip.

Loaded with presents, Holy Cross students head home after a marvelous party.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas time is upon us already. So much has happened with The Holy Cross Anglican School since it opened back in September. And on their last day of classes before the Christmas holiday the school hosted a party for all the kids.

    On Friday, December 15th the children got a surprise visit from Santa Clause that capped the first ever Holy Cross Christmas Party. The kids started out by making some very artistic Christmas cards. With creativity and imagination taking over their minds, the kids showed off their cards to their friends and family. Parents, teachers and especially the children of Holy Cross, became very excited when Santa arrived and began handing out stockings full of Christmas gifts for the children and even a little something for all of the teachers. No one went without receiving a little something from Santa. Each child received a book bag filled with new school supplies that will surely assist in their learning in the New Year when school starts up again. The classes were jam packed as happy kids and grateful parents got the chance to spend a joyful day with their kids. Each child also received a piece of yummy cake and a cup of juice before they left. Prizes and other good presents were distributed throughout the day.

    The children’s joy and happiness could not be possible without the unfailing support of the community. So many people helped to make this special event one to remember for the children. Special thanks to: Santa, Castillo’s Hardware, Wings, Caye Coffee, San Pedrano/ San Pedro Stationery, Island Perk, Shenny’s World, Barefoot Books, Green House, Sea Turtle, Quan Boutique, Pasta La Vista, Javi’s, Changes In Latitude, SuperBuy, Casa Pan Dulce Bakery, Richie’s Supermarket, Sundancer/Moondancer, San Pedro Supermarket, Kath Walker, Lara & the Cookie Crew and the Ambergris Caye Message Board folks.

    Holy Cross Anglican would like to express gratitude to the many local businesses and people that helped to make this a very special Christmas Party for all of the children. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all from the faculty and happy kids of the Holy Cross Anglican School.

Mel Spain & Las Terrazas – Making it an early Christmas for children!

Luis LaTorre, Tony Rodriguez, Matt King and Michelle Nuñez present Mel Spain (center) with a $10,000 cheque, which was used to bring joy to the children of San Pedro.

Central Park was full of eager children who anxiously awaited for their presents, food and treats that Mel Spain (PUP Standard Bearer Candidate, Belize Rural South) and her crowd of busy elves were handing out!

On Sunday, December 17th, 2006, People’s United Party candidate for Belize Rural South, Merlene “Mel” Spain was on hand as Santa’s helper to share in the spirit of giving. Hundreds of kids turned up to take advantage of the gifts, cake, and juices being handed out. With Christmas music blaring, Central Park was kid heaven. Sounds of joyful laughter could be heard as children enjoyed their treats and opened their gifts to begin playing with them.

    Mel Spain accomplished this with the generous donation of $10,000 from Johnston International. Paul Tranter, general manager, handed the check to Spain on December 12th, 2006 at the site of their big project named Las Terrazas. Present for the handing over of the check were Matt King, Paul Bird, Luis LaTorre AIA, owner’s representative, sales representatives, Tony Rodriguez and Michelle Nuñez. In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Michelle and Luis commented, “We have always wanted to integrate ourselves in the community. We want to be a part of island activities, festivities and traditions. Mrs. Spain approached us with an idea and we are glad to see it to fruition.”

    Las Terrazas is currently in its first phase of construction and will be completed in July 2007 with the second phase ending in December 2007. Located on North Ambergris Caye, Las Terrazas will house 74 fabulous condo units. Rental management is available for full owners of the great condos which include amenities such as flat screen tv’s, linens and towels, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, pools, and so much more, that will definitely make you feel at home. Units start at $276,000 US and higher. For further information contact any of their sales representatives at 226-2987 or 1-800-399-6768, visit their website at www., they also offer live webcam at

    Johnston International is a Civil Engineering and Building Contractor, specializing in construction and related services throughout the Caribbean since 1966.
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