North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry held a back-to-school event in Dundas Town as well as several other locations on August 24 providing school materials to about two hundred children and donating a drum set to a youth marching band.
Mr. Curry said the event, which ran from 10 am to 5 pm, was very successful and provided hours of entertainment and activities – including a bouncing castle – as well as hot dogs and hamburgers which were provided free.
At the event he gave out school supplies – books, pencils, bags, rulers and geometry sets reaching about 200 children with the needful provisions. The other back-to-school events were held in Cooper’s Town, Green Turtle Cay and Grand Cay and Fox Town.
During the event Mr. Curry also donated an entire drum set to the new youth community marching band which is just getting started in the Dundas and Murphy Town area.
He said the marching band, which will be recruiting students from the schools in the area, is in the initial stages of coming together. “It is expected that very soon there will be an active marching band from Murphy and Dundas Town,” he said.
The band had already acquired much of the brass instruments needed so Mr. Curry helped with the drum set.
He said that an officer out of Nassau will be here to help establish the band, meanwhile Cleveland Dawkins, who is one of the members of the marching band’s board, along with Stuart Guy and Gilbert Davis will work together to form the band.
The local guys will help with recruiting the kids to the band and the training will come from Nassau as a part of the Urban Renewal Program.
Mr. Curry was thankful to the private sponsors that helped with supplies including Baker’s Bay, Simmons Construction along with other private entities.
He said that the private sector really bought into his back-to-school event and saw the importance of helping to equip children for school.
“The government lacks the funding that we’d like to have to do other things, but it is great that you can depend on the good corporate citizens and private sector to give to what you’re doing and help people. They have touched the lives of many children and they were appreciative,” he said.