The South Abaco District Council along with South Abaco Corporate Sponsors presented its 3rd Annual Back to School Bash for the children of South Abaco on August 31 in the Sandy Point Hurricane Shelter. Settlements included in the South Abaco constituency are Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, Bahama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point and Cherokee Sound.
A large number of children attended from Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks but the long distance from the remaining three settlements made it difficult for those students to attend. Their bags of school supplies were distributed to them during the following days by members of Local Government for South Abaco. It is a pity that some students were unable to attend due to distance since they missed an afternoon full of fun and prizes.
Following an opening prayer by Jason Roberts, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Sandy Point, the afternoon of entertainment began, organized by Mrs. White, wife of the Chief Councilor for South Abaco, Candace Davies from the Administration Office and Valeria Lightbourne, longest serving member of the Sandy Point Township. A quiz was held on ‘Things Bahamian’ in which the children proved quite knowledgeable and were able to win gift certificates donated by various business establishments.
The students were then fortunate to be able to listen to a very beneficial talk by well-known motivational speaker, Simmone Bowe of Horizons Development Group. The theme of her talk was ‘Maximizing your Potential in the Pursuit of Excellence’. Ms. Bowe chose this as her focus because it is the key area for improvement in many students.
“Some people never reach their potential, they have the ability but never fully use it,” she stated. Ms. Bowe used the example of having a cell phone, video games or television and not using all of the features the item is capable of performing. “Many of the items’ capabilities are left unused and the same is true for people,” she told the students. She also reminded them that teachers often say things like; “Simmone can try harder, Simmone can do more than she is doing and this all boils down to three particular points on potential.” These she summed up as:
KNOW IT. We must know our potential and what we are good at. Ms. Bowe asked the children to share what they are good at such as math, reading etc. and encouraged them to get even better at it thus maximizing their potential.
GROW IT. We must stretch ourselves beyond what we can already do, go past our own self limitations and so get better at things. An example is if a coach gives a new or challenging exercise a student may complain it is too hard before they have even tried it but when the coach insists the student finds they can do it.
SHOW IT. We must take every opportunity to show others what we can do.
At the end of the talk Ms. Bowe asked the students to repeat the three points aloud:
“Know It, Show It, Grow It- My Potential.”
Each child was presented with a bag of school supplies which included exercise books, file folders and file paper, mathematical instruments, pencils, crayons and glue. Following the presentation they were treated to refreshments which, among other tasty treats, included some healthy fruit.