The weekend before the start of the new school year, the leaders of many institutions in Central Abaco took it upon themselves to treat many children of the area to food, games and gifts of school materials.
For Pastor Silbert Mills and some parishioners of Friendship Tabernacle, that day marked the end of a summer program that had started on July 5.
Since that day, the Church had offered a Movie Matinee every Saturday for children of the community. Approximately seventy kids divided into two age groups- lower grades and six and up- attended the program from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. They were also treated to refreshments and asked educational questions about the movie they had just watched.
The program was organized by Paula Morley and helped by other parishioners, some of them teachers such as Chervon Morley, Pamela Body and Theodora Fernander. Some others from the community also happily helped keep the children occupied with games and other activities after the movie.
On Saturday, August 30, the last day of the program, there was a happy atmosphere in the recreation room. Some played musical chairs while others watched or played their own games. The best entertainment was to look at the grown-ups fighting for a chair or demonstrating Hula- Hoop to the youth.
Light refreshments were served at lunch time preceding the distribution of school supplies.
In the entry hall, tables laden with books, note books, pencils, pens and more were overseen by Henza Dawkins. As children came from the playroom, they received their material from Alexander Flowers, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’ Office, who had also lent a hand in running the program.