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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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Youth Leaders Certification Program Helps Connect Generations

A group of approximately thirty people - teachers, schools and church counselors and youth group directors among others - attended three sessions aimed at helping them understand young people. Deann Johnson presented the first session, which was held at St John’s Parish Hall on June 23. The presentation dealt with the personalities of today youth and underlined the role of a youth group.

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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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Maritime Camp Attracts Majority of Abaco High Schools

Students in Grades 8 and 9 on Abaco experienced the benefits of being involved in the Maritime Summer Camp, which was held for three weeks this summer. The program is sponsored by Campbell Shipping and facilitated by the College of The Bahamas. Two cohorts of 25 students were open to interested students. The summer camp helps to expose the students early on to what is available in maritime, and in turn, lets those involved in the industry know who they are.

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Youth Leaders Certification Course Awards were Presented

In front of a panel of officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and from the Ministry of Education, 40 participants in the National Youth Leaders Certification Course were awarded certificates of completion and certificates of participation, during a ceremony that took place in the morning of July 18. The event was held at the Anglican Church Parish Hall and was moderated by one of the participants, Whitney Bain. Many other participants held a role in the ceremony from the invocation prayer by Andrew Lowe, the welcome remarks by Patricia Saunders, the interpretation of a musical selection by Tanna Newbold, to a message from the graduates by Theresa Simms, the vote of thanks by Rebecca Knowles and the benediction by Pastor Machuel Pinder.

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