By Bishop Ken Carroll
This month, hundreds of Bahamian students will report to our public and private schools to begin another school year, bringing with them new school book bags with all the necessary school supplies, thanks to the North Abaco Youth on The Move Association, led by James Ernie Pritchard.
The North Abaco Youth on The Move Association’s back to school event was held at Ingraham’s Park in Coopers Town on Saturday, September 3.
The year’s event was different compared to the previous years. More games were added, including a bounce castle, basketball, tug-of-war, golf cart rides and bobbing for apples. The children, as well as the parents, were treated to light snacks that included hamburgers, hot dogs, and assorted chips with cool, refreshing home-made punch.
The highlight of the back to school event was the arrival of Abaco’s own Olympian, and Rio Bronze Medalist, Steven Gardiner. Upon his arrival at the park, hundreds Abaco youth ran over to greet him and many took pictures with this Bahamian Superstar.
Gardiner took this opportunity to talk with the students one on one, informing them that he, too, is an Abaconian and he is happy to return home to tell them that hard work and determination pays off, signifying that he strongly believes that getting a good education is a hallmark of a successful future.
Executive Fundraising Director, Noel St. Claude, saluted the companies that helped to make the event possible, indicating that the event is a prime example of community team work. He applauded Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco, The Abaco Home Owners Associations, The Chances Games Ltd, The Pilot Club of Abaco, The Bahamas Local Government Northern Abaco District Office, and a group of volunteers for making this event successful. The Pilot Club of Abaco and Chances Games Ltd. were on location, sending a buzz through the entire community displaying the community love and unity.
Mr. Carol Lang, Operations Manager at Chances Games Ltd, said that helping out with the event is more than a privilege, but a joy. Noting that his office not only contributed, but always tries its best to be a major part of all events that they assist with.
He went on to explain that family values and education are extremely important to the company.
Most parents can breathe a sigh of relief as students return to the classroom on Monday, September 5, after a long exciting summer vacation, indicated MP Renardo Curry. Curry said he was overwhelmed to see such a great turn out at both the Central Abaco back to school event and the Camp Abaco back to school function, hosted by the Assemblies of God Youth Ministry, as they paid tribute to the late Brother Larry Brown.
Curry congratulates those involved in the organization of the events because it has brought a new vision for the Northern region of Abaco, especially in Coopers Town.
Many people were elated at the great turn out in Coopers Town, according to Island Administrator for the Northern Region of Abaco, Whelma Colebrook. She stated that this project is very timely, as it helps bring some type of relief to those families that are unable to buy the necessary school supplies for their children.