Many Join Hands to Impact the August Town SDA Basic School
Written by: O’Neil Harris, August Town SDA Church | Thursday, May 30, 2019
On Labour Day, May 23, 2019, there was a beehive of activity on grounds of the August Town SDA Basic School. Various groups and individuals from the August Town Community Development Council (CDC), teachers, church members, parents, community volunteers and friends of the school were happily engaged in various tasks to enhance the school. Members of the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) were also present.
The August Town SDA Basic School is one of twenty-eight (28) early childhood institutions operated by local congregations within East Jamaica Conference. It currently has fifty-five (55) students who are ably taught by three teachers (including the Acting Principal). For over 50 years the school has been operating and ministering to the children of August Town. Her many past students have taken their place in many important positions in Jamaica and across the world.
The Labour Day project was spearheaded by the August Town CDC. CDC is the community organization composed of representatives of various groups and organizations within a specific community. Their main objective is to address challenges within the community through projects and programmes. President of the August Town CDC, André Curtis, explained that the CDC is always seeking to execute projects for the community and as such sought to assist the August Town SDA Basic School. The scope of works for the project included repainting of the school’s exterior and redrawing of learning aids and murals, replacing of windows, tiling kitchen and restroom walls, replacing doors, tree planting (done by the IEEE) among other
general repairs and cleaning.
Curtis stated, “This is an important project for the CDC, as May is Child’s Month and we are happy to do this for the children of our community. Other basic schools in the community will also benefit from future projects”.
Curtis, a member of the Haven of Hope Open Bible Church in August Town, continued, “The churches in August Town are the largest stakeholder groups in our community and as a Christian I believe churches should encourage their congregants to be more involved in our community organizations.”
Earlier in the month of May 2019, the basic school was the recipient of another project which included a kitchen garden and solar regulated water pump irrigation system from the University of the West Indies through its Mona Social Services (MSS). Dr. Olivine Burke, Executive Director of MSS, who was present at the Labour Day project, explained that the project was important as it would help the children to have healthy and nutritious meals watered by a proper irrigation system using waste and rainwater. This environmentally friendly project will be a sound teaching tool for the children and parents.
Latreika Murray, Acting Principal and past student of the basic school was visibly excited about the progress of the day. She declared the day a success and said “The activities today show that more people know about what we at the school are doing and are now supporting us. We got support from many groups present here today and from the Member of Parliament, Mrs Faval Williams. The work done today
will help to make a more attractive learning environment for our students."
A very satisfied Claudette Harris, Church Elder and the Education Sponsor (Ministries Director) for the Adventist church in August Town said, “It is indeed a blessing to have received the input of the CDC and our own church members in continuing the thrust to develop our basic school. We at the school board are grateful for the contribution of the various groups and persons to our school and re affirm our support to the advancement of Adventist Christian Education right here in August Town”.
From all indications the August Town SDA Basic School is leveraging critical partnerships to elevate the profile and position of the school. In so doing, it is advancing the cause of Seventh-day Adventist Education in this small part of the greater global effort.