The South Abaco District Council, in conjunction with corporate sponsors, presented a ‘Back to School Jamboree’ for students of all of the settlements of South Abaco on August 25. The well attended event was held in the Sandy Point Community Centre and was led by Mistress of Ceremonies Brenell Higgs, Headmistress of the James A. Pinder School.
Following an opening prayer in which John Hudson, Chairman of the Cherokee Township, asked for wisdom and guidance for the students during the coming school year. The Administrator for South Abaco, Joshua Smith, spoke to the students on the virtues of honesty and obedience and encouraged them to always put God first.
Keynote speaker was Enzil Cooper, teacher and motivational speaker who gave a very age appropriate talk, using rooms in their homes to illustrate his points. During the ‘tour of the home’ he spoke of the; “Kitchen of creativity which is where you can try things out to see if they suit your taste.” Then the bathroom; “Where you can be confident in your talents being as big a star as anyone in the world”. Next the dreamers bedroom; “Where we get to imagine beyond what is real and how we come up with new ideas such as the latest clothes and technology and so much more. Finally, the living room – a place of togetherness and cooperation. “This is where we learn how to get along, how to love each other and make each other happy. We learn manners and respect and learn to live together.” Mr. Cooper closed his talk with the students by telling them if they did all of these things it would give them the access they needed to progress towards success.
Mr. Cooper also spoke a word to the parents, asking them if they are allowing for creativity, confidence and talents, dreaming and socializing. He stressed that social skills are no less important than academics or schoolwork; “The crime statistics in our country demand that our people find more ways to get along”. He urged the parents to teach the kids social skills, help them develop creativity and encourage them to dream and be confident in their skills and talents.
The children were then eager for the informal part of the program which included fun and games, such as “The Price is Right” and educational quizzes all arranged by the Mistress of Ceremonies Ms. Higgs. They were then all presented with bags full of school supplies, provided by the South Abaco District Council, Scotiabank and the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. Freddy Munnings, representative from Winding Bay, told the children that he would check on their development and that they should work hard because they might come to him one day for a job. The Manageress from Scotiabank told the children that the bank was giving each child a piggy bank the so that they could save their coins and whenever their piggy bank was full they could bring it to Scotiabank and open their own savings account.
The jamboree closed with a time of refreshment when the children were given a variety of healthy foods which included sandwiches, fruit, juices and water.