Grand Cay All Age School’s Principal Arnald Cooper is a generous man. After receiving donations from close friends, he decided to donate some of what he received to the principals of North Abaco primary schools, namely Shantel Cox of Treasure Cay Primary School; Yolanda Curry of Fox Town Primary; and Cardinal Woods of Cooper’s Town Primary School.
On April 22, a Handover Ceremony took place at Cooper’s Town Primary School to distribute the goods, which included uniforms and assorted school supplies as well as cleats, socks, hats, water bottles, and other sporting goods and equipment.
“It’s a step in the right direction, and it opens the door to networking and linking the school as we invest in our children,” Cooper said of the donation.
Cooper shared that a few of his friends in the United States donate to his school, so he passes on the donations to other schools.
North Abaco Island Administrator Whelma Colebrooke was also in attendance, and as a former athlete she saw the donation as motivation for the island’s youths to train in various sports disciplines.
Felemease Sawyer, senior Department of Education Officer, spoke on behalf of District Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black. Sawyer was elated about Grand Cay’s representation, and thanked Cooper on behalf of all North Abaco Schools.
“We are thankful that you had more than enough and shared it,” Sawyer said. “Our one goal for schools in the Abaco district is ‘Excellence for Each Student in Each Classroom in Each School,’ so with Abaco being the letter ‘A,’ we are always looking forward to challenges.”
The principals were given an opportunity to respond, and Principal Woods expressed that he was extremely grateful for Cooper’s gesture to the schools.
Principal Cox said that in addition to academics, other areas are needed to make students well-rounded. She acknowledged that North Abaco is known to produce outstanding athletes and Olympians.
Meanwhile, Principal Curry shared that the donation would help in the development of students as she appealed to sports-minded persons in Fox Town to assist the school, and partner with them in this endeavor.
Concluding remarks were made by Myrtis Russell, former principal of Treasure Cay Primary School, who serves out of the Dept. of Education. She, too, was happy to share in the moment of giving calling it a wonderful idea that will tremendously benefit the students.