On August 26, St. Thomas Baptist Church held a Youths Back to School Service in Wood Cay to distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in attendance. According to Krystel Jones, St.Thomas’ youth leader, approximately thirty five children were able to benefit from the supplies given. She added that it was an enjoyable service complimented by youth activities.
During the service, Jones was joined by Roy Boles of Black Sound Marina in Green Turtle Cay, and Sgt. Wellington Williams, officer in charge of Green Turtle Cay Police Dept.
Boles partnered with the church in their endeavour to give the children school supplies so that they are fully prepared for the new school year. He also gave a motivational speech on the importance of higher learning and discipline.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Wellington explained that they are trying to foster a relationship with the youths at St. Thomas and all of Abaco from a community policing perspective because there have been a lot of major crimes throughout the Bahamas initiated by the youth.
He said that in light of what is happening, it is important to get the attention of the youth in order to prevent future situations that relate to crime and to try to direct them in the right path.
Adding to his comments, Ms. Jones pointed out that their first goal is discipline. She said discipline is needed for success, and it is this message that they are instilling in young people not only in the church, but the entire community.
“I feel that if discipline is instilled in them from a church standpoint… the children can come out in the community or to the church and they receive that,” she asserted. “So if we instill in them from now most definitely we can look at them as our leaders for tomorrow; we want our leaders to have discipline in their lives.”
Finally, turning to Supt. Curry, she made a presentation of school supplies to him as a heartfelt thank you for his support and to encourage his son at home. Supt. Curry thanked Jones and all involved agreeing that the gift would be put to good use for his son: Rashad Curry.