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    Project Chairperson for the Mico University College Optimist Club, Tiffanie Brown (left); Club Director, Zidane Salmon (2nd left), and teacher at Olga Mendez Basic School, Shari Wilson display some of the educational items donated to the school by the club during a visit on December 7. Looking on is Principal of the institution, Vivienne Shaw.
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    Story Highlights

    • The Mico University College Optimist Club brought Christmas cheer to the children and staff of the Olga Mendez Basic School on December 7.
    • Established just two months earlier, on October 4, the club hit the ground running in delivering on its mandate to serve the youth, adopting the institution and making generous donations of stationery, books, appliances, toiletries and food items for the breakfast programme.
    • “Adopting the school is of great importance to us because, as educators in training, we understand the challenges faced in educating our nation’s children,” President of the Club, Kimone Younger, tells JIS.

    The Mico University College Optimist Club brought Christmas cheer to the children and staff of the Olga Mendez Basic School on December 7.

    Established just two months earlier, on October 4, the club hit the ground running in delivering on its mandate to serve the youth, adopting the institution and making generous donations of stationery, books, appliances, toiletries and food items for the breakfast programme.

    “Adopting the school is of great importance to us because, as educators in training, we understand the challenges faced in educating our nation’s children,” President of the Club, Kimone Younger, tells JIS.

    “These challenges are magnified when resources are inadequate. As such, working closely with the school will maximize the impact on the community,” she adds.

    Olga Mendez Basic, which has approximately 40 students, was selected for support through a needs assessment.

    The school will benefit from at least one major service project per year as part of the partnership.

    Miss Younger tells JIS that the club decided to adopt the school and donate the much-needed items in December as “it is the season of giving.”

    She believes in investing in youth, noting that “it is our responsibility to positively mould young minds as they are the future of this nation.”

    During the visit to the institution, the club members engaged in games and other fun activities with the children including a ‘Story Time’ and an impromptu spelling contest.

    The children were excited, hugging the club members and expressing their gratitude for the items provided.

    One child indicated that he loves to read so the additional reading books will help him and his classmates to improve on their literacy skills.

    Vice President of the club, Danielle Heslop says that “the experience was worthwhile. The smiles on the children’s faces were warm and the appreciation of the teachers could clearly be seen.”

    School Principal, Vivienne Shaw, says “the decision to adopt is great as we have project ideas in mind. Next to the continued need for teaching and learning supplies, the school is in need of structural improvements. This is a task we will consider as we work together”.

    The club was formed with 31 young adults under the direction of the Harbour View and St. Matthew’s Optimist Clubs and is based on the principle of service above self.

    It is a volunteer organisation that seeks to create an environment conducive to the holistic development of children.