Seaview Gardens SDA Brings Smiles to Students
Written by: Nicola Bryan, Seaview Gardens SDA Church | Friday, November 12, 2021
Elbow Bumps and Tablets Equal Happy Faces!
Eleven students of the Seaview Gardens Community and Seventh-day Adventist Church benefitted from well needed tablet devices on September 18 and October 16, 2021, courtesy of the church and an overseas donor. The presentation was done by church pastor Michael Lewis and Education Director for the East Jamaica Conference, Dr. Donna Brown.
This tablet giveaway, piloted by the Seaview Gardens SDA church education department, evoked great joy in both the givers and the receivers. It may not be so apparent under those masked faces, but the recipients were beaming from cheek to cheek.
Whilst driving through the community, Pastor Lewis interviewed several children he saw on the way and discovered that they had no devices with which to connect with their classes. He then solicited help from Sister Nicole Miller, a member of the Penwood SDA church, who resides in the United States. Miller graciously donated the tablets in partnership with the church's community impact.
"This initiative is very important to me because as an educator, it was painful not seeing my students online and also while in the community to hear children running up and down during class time, created a sense of desire to do something to help. To be able to be a part of this initiative helps to ease some of this pain, and to know that as a part of the church family we can do our part to curtail future problems such as illiteracy and lead someone to Christ, " said Sonia Coleman-East, Seaview Gardens SDA Church Education Department Director.
As a church community we believe that our young people are the future therefore we are driven to look for the needs within our community, fill the gaps that exist so that no child is left behind. We wish all students the best in their endeavours as they strive for excellence in these unique times with the Heavenly Father as their master teacher.