The students of the Every Child Counts School performed a ‘Thank You’ concert for the many volunteers of the school on March 16 in their school’s quadrangle. This came on the heels of their two very successful fundraiser performances in Hope Town and Treasure Cay.
The nineteenth Abaco Inn Art Show and Wine Tasting was held this year on March 26. The beautiful setting of the Abaco Inn, located on Elbow Cay, is always a popular spot for visitors, but even more so this day. Some of the finest artists and crafters of Abaco had their best work on display and for sale. Visitors were also treated to a tasting of several nice wines, donated by Bristol Cellars.
Many Dignitaries and Supporters Gathered at ECC to Celebrate the Opening of the Newly Constructed Training Center
After three years of monthly meetings attended by faculty members, parents and community supporters, the ECC Training Center has become a reality. The Center was envisioned as a place for post-graduate students of Every Child Counts to work and contribute to the community.
Top-of-the-line Italian wines and imported cheeses were the treats offered to the benefactors who attended the Every Child Counts Wine and Cheese fund raising party at the Green Turtle Club on March 15.
Donations of school materials were made to several schools across Abaco in early September by Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited. Representing Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited, Noel St. Claude said the resort believes in giving back to the community and “we feel this donation will assist with education.” He said the donation includes pens, pencils, exercise books, flash cards, calculators and some sporting equipment.
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.
In May, 2012, seven students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada volunteered for five weeks with the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. The five students were recent social work graduates; two were on academic student placements in Early Childhood Studies. Here are their reflections on ECC and Abaco.