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Abaco Club distributes supplies to local schools

Freddie Munnings, chairman of the Community Footprints Committee at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, visited Every Child Counts on September 3 to distribute thirty three backpacks filled with school supplies to students. Selected as partnering schools, students of Hope Town Primary School, Cherokee Primary School, and J.A. Pinder Primary School greatly benefited along with the employees of the Club who received supplies for their children as well. According to Munnings, the school supply drive was initiated in January 2012, and volunteers from the committee held various fundraising events like car washes, cookouts and basketball games to raise funds for the project. Additionally, Club members and local businesses made donations. As a result, Munnings said that the original target goal of $6,000 was exceeded, and more than 700 volunteer hours were recorded over the course of the fundraisers. He noted that Scotiabank made a significant corporate donation at the ceremony in Sandy Point.

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Abaco student attends summer program in Minnesota

Perkell Collie, an 11th grade student of Cyber Learning Center, was the only Bahamian student to attend St. Cloud State University’s Advanced Program in Technology and Science in Minnesota this summer. However, she was joined by a delegation of students from countries like Greece and Africa for the three-week residential program offered from July 15 to August 3 to 10th and 11th grade students interested in technology, science, mathematics or engineering. Tuition, academic fees, books and room and board were all provided.

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Community stakeholders distribute school supplies at St. Thomas Baptist Church

On August 26, St. Thomas Baptist Church held a Youths Back to School Service in Wood Cay to distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in attendance. According to Krystel Jones, St.Thomas’ youth leader, approximately thirty five children were able to benefit from the supplies given. She added that it was an enjoyable service complimented by youth activities. During the service, Jones was joined by Roy Boles of Black Sound Marina in Green Turtle Cay, and Sgt. Wellington Williams, officer in charge of Green Turtle Cay Police Dept.

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South Abaco holds Back to School Jamboree

The South Abaco District Council, in conjunction with corporate sponsors, presented a ‘Back to School Jamboree’ for students of all of the settlements of South Abaco on August 25. The well attended event was held in the Sandy Point Community Centre and was led by Mistress of Ceremonies Brenell Higgs, Headmistress of the James A. Pinder School. Following an opening prayer in which John Hudson, Chairman of the Cherokee Township, asked for wisdom and guidance for the students during the coming school year. The Administrator for South Abaco, Joshua Smith, spoke to the students on the virtues of honesty and obedience and encouraged them to always put God first.

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Teachers learn about Urban Renewal 2.0 Initiative for new school year

On August 29, public and private school teachers learned about the Renew Program, or Urban Renewal 2.0 Livable Neighbourhood Program, from the officer in charge of the operation on Abaco, Sgt. Jocelyn Smith. Sgt. Smith stated that the program will have several arms, one of which is the school policing unit which will become operational on September 3, 2012. Two officers will be assigned to Abaco Central High and S. C. Bootle High Schools. The officer assigned to ACHS will be Sgt. 686 Dorsette and the officer assigned to S.C. Bootle will be Corporal 2238 Jerome Ferguson. Each of them will be assisted by a reserve officer. Their job will be to provide security and promote safety on these campuses. They will also patrol the school grounds and surrounding areas. It was made clear that these officers will handle offenses that occur in and out of school.

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Curry Distributes School Items

Armed with encouragement and boxes of school supplies, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate Renardo Curry embarked on a long bus ride starting at the ball field at Abaco Central High School and ending in Crown Haven on Saturday, September 8. “It was very fulfilling for me to see the smiles on the kid’s faces,” Mr. Curry said.

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New Rehoboth Camp focuses on the Biblical story of Daniel

Earlyn and Joan Baillou of New Rehoboth Ministries International held their Vacation Bible Camp from July 30 to August 3, and presented “The Story of Daniel.” This year’s Scripture text was Daniel 5:12. Last year, the Biblical character of David had been selected; however, Ms. Baillou explained that she went before the Lord to ask what to share this time around, and she said Daniel was chosen.

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Churches Partner to Offer VBS at Grace Gym

Through a partnership with Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel and Newton Baptist Church, which is based in Alabama, a Vacation Bible School was held from July 16-20 at Grace Gym. The VBS took on an Incrediworld Amazement Park theme where children experienced “a thrill ride through God’s Creation.” Kerry Brackett and Alyssa Johnson of Newton Baptist Church’s mission team were among 18 other members, and they expressed that it is their first time coming to The Bahamas. Although the Newton mission team planned to depart on July 19, members from Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel continued the VBS until that Friday.

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Closing Ceremony Held for Youth Camp in Sandy Point

The Ministry of Youth’s Summer Youth Camp called “Creative Juices” was held at J.A. Pinder Primary School from July 16-20. The camp was offered to children aged four to 16 years old, and saw a record number of 44 attending the camp. Principal Brenell Higgs was the camp coordinator and was assisted by a number of persons. On July 20 a closing ceremony was held and Khadijah Stuart served as the moderator.

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FRIENDS Camp Teaches Campers about Abaco’s Ecosystems

The Friends of the Environment’s Junior Camp was held from July16-20 in Marsh Harbour and was geared for six to nine-year-old children. The Senior Camp was held from July 23-27 for 11 to 13-year olds. Now offered for the past six years, Friends Education Officer D’Shan Maycock recalled that the camp was first offered at Central Abaco Primary School but is now held at the Friends’ Educational Center According to Maycock, the junior campers learned about a different eco system every day, and included sea grass, pine forest, sandy beach, coral reef and mangrove habitats.

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