By Sophia Thompson
Sounds of laughter filled the air as children and parents ran back and forth in an effort to win games at the Annual Back to School Giveaway, hosted by the North Abaco Youth on the Move, in conjunction with God’s Gifted Gems All Girls Club, held at Ingraham’s Park on September 5.
The event was attended by pre-school to high school aged children from Treasure Cay to Crown Haven who were accompanied by their parents and guardians. The day began at 4 p.m. with games such as egg in the spoon, tug of war, and a watermelon eating contest.
The sounds of laughter filled the air as children and parents ran back and forth in an effort to win one of the games. Prizes were given out to the winners. The children were also given red raffle tickets for a chance to win a prize.
Around 6 p.m., a small ceremony was held in which Veronica Henderson acted as moderator. Speeches were given by three notable members of the Abaco community including the Member of Parliament Renardo Curry, along with Golden Girl Savatheda Fynes, and Chief Immigration Officer Wilson. These three speeches echoed the same sentiments “Put God first in your life, set goals, and stay focused on your education.”
A performance was given by Gitavia Stubbs and the North Abaco Youth on the Move dance troupe.
According to the Annual Back to School Giveaway and Fun Day organizers, it was only fitting to give back to the children of the communities in which they grew up. As a result, backpacks were generously donated by the owner of Chances Web Café, R.H. Clumer. The backpacks were filled with books, pens, pencils, folders, crayons and sharpeners that were donated by Standard Hardware, Commonwealth Bank and Tishka Pritchard. In all, backpacks were given to 40 pre-school students, 70 primary school students, and 70 high school students.
As the night went on, prizes were raffled. Kira Lightbourne and Aquayshia Cornish were the winners of 7-inch tablets, which were donated by Renardo Curry and Chef Noel St. Claude.
Two hardworking and deserving students from S. C. Bootle High School were selected to receive the ultimate giveaways. Leonard Cornish was gifted with a laptop computer, courtesy of Furniture Plus. Clemintecia Kemp was also gifted with a laptop computer, courtesy of Mr. Curry.
The night was deemed a great success thanks in part to sponsors: Mr. Renardo Curry, Furniture Plus, R. H. Culmer, Chef Noel St. Claude, Commonwealth Bank, Standard Hardware, and Tishka Pritchard.
North Abaco Youth on the Move and God’s Gifted Gems All Girls Club thanks all who played a part in making this event a success.