The Principal of Cayman Academy, Dr. O’Neil Duncan, receives his check for selected students at his school for disbursement in the 2017/18 academic year. Conference Community Services Director Pastor Caple Thompson presents the check. At right is Assistant Community Services Director Angela Hall.

Sixty school children in twelve public and private schools have received funding totalling CI$15,000 to cover mainly lunches and uniforms in the 2017/18 academic year.

The funding was made possible through the efforts of a number of collaborating Adventist congregations’ community services departments, and compares to a similar distribution of CI$8,000 among 43 students in 2016.

This year’s funding, also raised at a fish fry at the George Town Adventist Church on the May 16 Discovery Day holiday, was spearheaded by that church’s Community Services Department. That agency was joined by sister churches’ Community Services leaders and volunteers.

Thanking all Community Services’ leaders and volunteers, Director of the Department of Education Services Lyneth Monteith said: “This partnership to provide funding for students with barriers to their educational progress is greatly appreciated. I thank the Adventist Community Services departments for yet another generous contribution.”

The funds were recently presented to school principals who will administer the funds at the rate of $250 for each selected child. Eighty percent of parents who are being assisted asked for the funds to be applied to the provision of lunch for their children.

“Many of the selected families were already being serviced by the soup kitchens operated by a number of Adventist churches,” Mrs. Elsie Myles said. “We were also already aware of our communities’ needs through outreach initiatives in the various participating churches.”

When Asked about the satisfaction that comes from an initiative such as this, Mrs. Myles said: “We did not do this for self-gratification and we don’t take the credit. We give glory to God for choosing us for this work and giving us the energy and the direction to accomplish it.”

Flanked by community services leaders and volunteers are some of the school principals who recently received checks for disbursement on behalf of select students in the 2017/18 academic year. Kneeling centre front is Conference Community Services Director, Pastor Caple Thompson. Immediately behind him is George Town Church’s Community Services Leader Elsie Myles, while at far right, second row, is Conference Assistant Community Services Director Angela Hall. Director of the Government’s Department of Education Services Lyneth Monteith is standing rear, second from left.

Her only regret, she said, is the limitations in resources to more adequately meet community needs. “I only wish we could do more,” Mrs. Myles said, adding that she looked forward to participation in this project by all the Adventist churches in order to more adequately meet needs.

“If we all unite and work together on this project, we should be able to help hundreds of children,” she said.

Nevertheless, she was extremely grateful for all the volunteers and leaders from the participating churches that assisted in numerous ways, from helping to sell tickets and collect donations, to cooking, serving, and otherwise supporting the initiative.

Mrs. Myles specially thanked the George Town Church members who donated the funds to purchase most of the supplies for the fish fry. Among supporting businesses, she singled out Foster’s for allowing ticket sales at its supermarkets and Progressive Distributers for donating supplies. “Above all, I thank the Public for purchasing tickets and giving generous donations.”

Mrs. Myles also took the opportunity to thank individuals and business that throughout the year so generously donate funds, food supplies and clothing to the Churches’ community soup kitchens, food pantries, and inventory of clothing to assist the needy in our community.

“May God continue to bless you and your organizations as you continue changing lives in our communities,” Mrs. Myles said.

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