Optimist Club lives its mission

A volunteer organization dedicated to “bring out the best in kids” yesterday proved it could bring out the best in others willing to assist some of the country’s least fortunate children.

The Optimist Club of Bridgetown saved the parents and guardians of needy students attending three primary schools from the headache of finding school bags for their children this year.

The club presented 41 backpacks filled with necessary stationery, geometry sets, water bottles and $50 gift vouchers to students of Arthur Smith, Belmont and Grantley Prescod Primary Schools.

“We have received significant sponsorship from some of our club members, but also from corporate Barbados to whom we are eternally grateful.

“We spent our last meeting packing these back packs with love. This is truly a project of the Optimist Club of Barbados, Bridgetown to help our young people and to make a difference in the lives of families,” Optimist Club of Bridgetown President Lady Carol Haynes said at yesterday’s official handing over at the conference room of Exclusive Lighting at Manor Lodge, St Michael.

President of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Lady Carol Haynes (left) handing Principal of Arthur Smith Primary Jennifer Hoyte with one of the bags the Club donated to her school.
President of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Lady Carol Haynes (left) handing Principal of Arthur Smith Primary Jennifer Hoyte with one of the bags the Club donated to her school.

Lady Haynes said the students were selected by the principals who were on hand to collect their share of bags. She said while about 20 students benefitted from the programme in 2015, the number more than doubled this year due to the fact that more people contributed this year.

“It also brings fellowship for us and that’s why we are here; and it is important that we can come together and do things like this,” Lady Haynes said.

Meanwhile, Grantley Prescod Principal Marline Abrams thanked the club on behalf of the staff and students who will benefit from the exercise for choosing the school.

President of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Lady Carol Haynes (left) and principals Jennifer Hoyte of Arthur Smith Primary (second from left), Pamela Ifill of Belmont Primary (second from right) and Marline Abrams of Grantley Prescod Primary (right) looking at the stationery.
President of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Lady Carol Haynes (left) and principals Jennifer Hoyte of Arthur Smith Primary (second from left), Pamela Ifill of Belmont Primary (second from right) and Marline Abrams of Grantley Prescod Primary (right) looking at the stationery.

“We look forward to a continued relationship with the Optimist Club. It is indeed a fine initiative and we know that those children who are more deserving at this time and their families will be grateful,” Abrams said.

Belmont Primary Principal Pamela Ifill and Jennifer Hoyte of Arthur Smith Primary also expressed gratitude for the donated items.

Member of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Adrian Elcock (left) presenting Belmont Principal Pamela Ifill with one of the book bags.
Member of the Optimist Club of Bridgetown Adrian Elcock (left) presenting Belmont Principal Pamela Ifill with one of the book bags.

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