During a school visit at S.C. Bootle High School on Sept. 6, the Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for North Abaco, outlined his accomplishments as a young man raised in Dundas Town to inspire the youth in attendance.
“You can come right out of Cooper’s Town and be whatever you wish to be within your life, but it takes discipline and a certain level of dedication that is uncommon in The Bahamas because we have things I believe [that are] all too common and we don’t see the need or the necessity to really focus or to work hard,” Minister Henfield observed.
He continued his address leaving the students with a charge.
“Focus this school year and lend the necessary respect to your teachers because my Grammy used to tell me…you don’t have to be the smartest person in the world, but manners and respect will take you throughout the world.”
Focus, mind your manners and pray were the three points he emphasized just before giving a warm welcome to S.C. Bootle’s new principal, Mr. Cooper, who hails from Grand Cay.
His final point was to urge the young men to stay focused and to attain an education that will propel them into tertiary education or their chosen professions.
Minister Henfield’s visit to the school also gave him the opportunity to assess the state of the school. He noted that the school was in a poor state, so with that said, he and Minister of Education Jeffery Lloyd would work together to get the students in a better environment that is conducive for their education.
He suggested organizing a steak-out to raise funds to get the ball rolling on the repairs that are needed.
“I’m going to wait to hear from Mr. Cooper, and when the date is right, I’m going to put on my apron and my baseball cap, and I’m going to come down here and flip some burgers and steaks for y’all,” Minister Henfield promised.
Min. Henfield also made stops to several schools in North Abaco including, Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS), Patrick J. Bethel High School, Cooper’s Town Primary School and Treasure Cay Primary School.