Four students who were successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) examinations and are children of employees of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, St. James, have received educational grants totaling $40,000.00.
The grants, made possible by the National Workers’ Union (NWU) Women’s Committee, were presented to the students at a scholarship presentation ceremony, held at the hospital on August 12.
Congratulating the four recipients, Founder of the Women’s Committee, Princess Edmondson-Lee said that the group, driven by the dream of assisting in the educational development of the nation’s future leaders, had committed itself to the project.
Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, Dr. Claudine Green-Hemmings, addressing participants at the National Workers’ Union Women’s Committee educational grant presentation ceremony at the hospital, on August 12.
“Through our fund-raising efforts, we have been able to make meaningful contributions to several of our workers’ children who have been successful in the GSAT examinations. We feel satisfied that our efforts will lighten the burden of four families who are struggling to get their children out to school when the new school year opens in September,” she said.
“I must ask the recipients to ensure that they are worthy of the love that has gone into this effort by focusing on doing well in school and by being disciplined at all times,” Mrs. Edmondson-Lee urged.
She called on parents to ensure that they play their part in the upbringing of their children. “Tomorrow is their future, but the future starts here and now. We are all helping to lay the foundation, you must continue to undertake the task of building on it,” she added.
Consultant Ophthalmologist at the hospital, Dr. Claudine Green-Hemmings, commended the students for their achievements to date, and reminded them that they are expected to do well in the next phase of their educational development.
“I want to remind you that the aim of your education is not only to be successful . you must serve. You must give back to society what you have got or received from society. You must do what you have to do, to do the things that you want to do. Work hard, stay on track and you will be successful in life,” Dr. Green-Hemmings told the students.
She urged parents to be role models for their children. “You must encourage them; when they do well, tell them, hug and kiss them, love them and tell them you are proud of them, so that they can feel good about themselves and become good wives and good husbands,” she said.