Students and staff members of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) participated in a Literacy March in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Abaco and the Rotary Club of Abaco on April 14. Each grade level wore a different coloured shirt to promote the “One Book, One School” message.
The main character of the march was nine-year-old Pippi Longstocking of the “Pippi Longstocking” series of children’s books written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
With the assistance of the Marsh Harbour Police Station and the Marsh Harbour Road Traffic officers, the parade got off to an enthusiastic start shortly after 10 a.m. Motorists pulled alongside the road and business people exited their workplaces to observe and snap photos of the students marching by.
There were lots of red pig tails, freckled faces and colourfully, striped stockings and socks worn by participants. Bringing up the final portion of the parade were the drummers who provided music throughout the duration of the parade. There was even a drummer girl beating alongside the male students!
The route weaved its way from Marco Appliance Center throughout downtown Marsh Harbour on to Queen Elizabeth Drive, past the Marsh Harbour Port Department to Charles Sawyer Drive, and finally on to the home stretch from Forest Drive back to the school.
Despite the grueling heat, the students were upbeat during the march, chanting “One Book, One School,” “Pippi Longstocking – always on top,” and “It Over.”
Exhausted, but still in good spirits, everyone scrambled off to find a cool spot once they arrived at the school grounds. The students were given the rest of the day off as a reward for their participation.