The first Sandy Point Youth Weekend took place during the weekend of May 31 –June 2. According to one of the organizers, Valeria Lightbourne, this was a real community effort by people of the area wanting to provide positive activities for the children. “We were shocked at the number of supporters who turned out. The young people are obviously looking for things to do,” she stated.
The event was open to all school children from Sandy Point and was organized by a committee comprised of members from Sandy Point’s three churches: St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Assemblies of God Church. The theme for the three day event was ‘Uniting Our Community One Youth at a Time.’
The children were divided into three teams for all of the weekend activities – Blue Marlins, Yellow Elder and Sting Rays. Several competitions were held with Blue Marlins emerging as the overall winner with Sting Rays in second place and Yellow Elder coming in third.
Activities began on the Friday night with a Bible quiz and speech competition held at the Assemblies of God Church. The topic for the speech competition was ‘The contribution to the community by the elders of Sandy Point’. The children chose the person they would like to talk about from such stalwarts as Captain Ernest Dean, Theophilus Thompson, Virgie Lightbourne and Lottie Pinder.
Winners in the speech competition were:
-1. Dominique Miller
-2. Kaisha Pinder
-1. O.J. Scott
-2. Zino Delancy
-3. Lynette Burrows
Winners in the talent competition were:
Grades 1-3: Sting Rays
Grades 4-6: Yellow Elder
Grades 7-9: Blue Marlin
Grades 10-12: Blue Marlin
Winners of the Bible quiz were:
-1. Sting Rays
-2. Blue Marlins
-3. Yellow Elders
-1. Yellow Elders
-2. Blue Marlins
-3. Sting Rays
The children enjoyed a surprise appearance by guest performer D.J. Counselor.
On Saturday the scheduled program had to be modified due to heavy rain. The float parade was postponed and all the children were taken to the Sandy Point Community Centre for a day of fun and games. The rain did not dampen anyone’s spirits and a great day of fellowship and food was enjoyed by all.
The float parade was held on Sunday from the government dock to Mount Zion Baptist Church where a service was held with presentation of awards. The overall winner for the entire weekend was Blue Marlins followed by Sting Rays and then Yellow Elder.
“The first annual Sandy Point Youth Weekend was a great success and everyone is now looking forward to the next one,” stated Valeria Lightbourne.