Approximately thirty youths- high school and college students- were able to take advantage of the Government Summer Placement Program that ran from the beginning of July to August 23.
Each child had the opportunity to work for one week in one of the government offices or private entities participating in the program. The Road traffic Department, The Port Authority, the Royal Police Force, the Department of Education, the Department of Marine Resources, the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture, BEC, the Post Office as well as Abaco Hardware and the College of The Bahamas employed students.
Their jobs ranged from general office duties such as filing and basic computer work to merchandising at the hardware store.
Arts and Crafts activities were offered for primary school children at Fox Town Primary School under the supervision of Rolanda Curry. Charles Poitier was the coordinator for Cooper’s Town Primary. Austine Mills took care of the Treasure Cay program while Karen Duncan supervised J. A Pinder’s Primary School children. Each coordinator was helped by a high school student.
Churches and other organizations also offered free summer programs, among them basketball tournaments, so the youth would not be bored and get into mischief while out of school.