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Members of the Caribbean Educators Association (CARE) have awarded scholarships to two graduating high school seniors of Caribbean descent, and have donated school supplies and toys to the Woodlawn School of Special Education in Mandeville, Jamaica.
The scholarship recipients are Kaidero Hutchinson, a Jamaican national of Pahokee Senior High School, who intends to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, and Judith Olicia Monroe, a Bahamian national, who attends the Boyd Anderson High in Fort Lauderdale, and is desirous of attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Dr. Janice Cover, President of the organization, which was launched in March 2005, commended members for the dedication and commitment through the growing stages.
She was addressing the first annual banquet held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, recently.
Dr. Cover indicated that members of CARE have begun discussions with the Jamaican Government Education Reform Task Force, to provide professional support and development to educators in the country.
In his address, Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock lauded members of CARE for the work they were doing.
He also extended congratulations to Prime Minister designate, Portia Simpson-Miller, and the newly appointed Principal of the University of the West Indies, Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie.
The Consul General urged his audience to believe in the Diaspora movement and the role it was playing in nation building.
Mr. Allicock said in order for Jamaica and other Caribbean nations to achieve their full potential, it was necessary for all interested persons to become involved in efforts of nation building, through service and investment opportunities.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Southeast USA Advisory Board member of the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, Dahlia Walker-Huntington, who also called on persons to increase and unleash the potential of the Diaspora for the benefit of communities abroad and at home.
Members of CARE include Caribbean nationals, representing teaching staff at all levels of education in Palm Beach county. Membership is open to persons in other counties in the State of Florida.