Stamp Camp on the Brac

| 13/05/2009

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Postal Service’s Philatelic Manager Karen McField visited West End and Creek primary schools on Cayman Brac to demonstrate the different aspects of stamp collecting and provide students with ideas on how to begin stamp collections. The visits were part of the CIPS’ Youth Philatelic Programme, which was launched in April 2008. Under the programme, Stamp Camp was established to provide children with basic knowledge about the art of stamp collecting, including the proper care of stamps and the use of stamp tools.

According to a release from the Postal Service, McField presented 18 students with stamp kits. Each contained a stamp album, over 200 stamps from around the world, tweezers and a magnifying glass.

She also explained the ways in which philatelists could add to their collections. “One way is to sign up for a membership at the Philatelic Bureau to purchase new stamps when they are released, or for a particular subject that interests you. Or you can exchange stamps with each other or with family members and friends,” she stated.

During an interactive Stamp Camp session, the students participated in soaking stamps off envelopes and a question and answer session. The West End Primary group comprised eight students led by Carol Lazzari. Ten students participated at Creek Primary led by Melanie Scott. Students in both groups ranged in age from six to 10 years old.

Scott said the students were pleased with their new tools and were happy that someone from the Postal Service took the time to talk withthem about stamp collecting. “My students are very enthusiastic about the programme. They enjoy learning about other countries and cultures, and they’re working on designing their own stamps. Parents are also becoming involved, which is an added dimension to our group,” she said.

The CIPS’ philatelic programme is sponsored by the Bank of Butterfield, LIME and the Water Authority. Savannah Primary initiated the programme, followed by the Girls Brigades of Savannah and -George Town.


Creek Primary students with teacher Melanie Scott (right) and Postal Service employees (left) Starrie Scott and Carmen Brown.

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