Sandy Point Benevolent Society Donations to CEMSS and St. Paul’s Primary Schools

Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS) continues to give

(SPBS) –July 15, 2013–The Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS), the US based alumni association of the Sandy Point High School/ now the Charles E. Mills Secondary School (C.E.M.S.S), has continue its committed and unswerving support of educational institutions not just in Sandy Point but also in neighbouring communities. The most recent beneficiaries were the Charles E. Mills Secondary School and the St. Paul’s Primary School. Within the last school term, SPBS presented C.E.M.S.S with a high quality Public Announcement system and St. Paul’s Primary with a Dell Desktop computer. These presentations were made in separate ceremonies at the respective schools.

The first ceremony at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School saw all present extending verbal accolades to the Sandy Point Benevolent Society for its generosity and commitment to education. In a small but very meaningful ceremony, Mr. Duggins who represented the SPBS organization handed over to elaborate, complex PA system to the very appreciative principal, Mrs. Carla Diamond, who graciously accepted the Powered speakers, corded and cordless mikes, Mixer and amplifier.

In her response, Mrs. Carla Diamond had high praise for the SPBS and conveyed words of appreciation for this latest gesture of upgrading an old and almost obsolete system. She quickly reminded the small gathering and press of the many “gifts and educational tools” that the school benefitted from such a distinguished organization. Such, she said, included a Smart Board, Computer and printer, Books, and several Scholarships.

The second handing over ceremony was held at the St. Paul’s Primary School Auditorium where the school’s Reading Centre resources were enhanced by a Dell Desktop Computer. The computer that was donated was sourced through Mr. William Hodge, current Vice President of the SPBS and past principal of both the St. Paul’s Primary School and the Sandy Point High School.

Mr. John Gumbs, principal of St. Paul’s Primary School in delivering brief remarks outlined the importance of the use of technology in education today, and the ways in which the computer would be utilized to support students’ increased literary competence. The St. Paul’s Primary School principal disclosed that the Individualized Reading Recovery (I.R.R) programme is an initiative (of the Ministry of Education) which identifies struggling readers at the grade one level. These students are then tutored by a trained specialist on a one to one basis and the computer will allow the teacher and student to visit learning sites that will further stimulate the student’s interest.

The school’s gratitude was communicated in several ways. Brief remarks of commendation were expressed by the school’s Education Officer, Mr. Daryl Lloyd, who also chaired the proceedings. Some of the students who will benefit directly from the computer made a very touching oral presentation. Mr. Gumbs used the opportunity to extend sincerest appreciation to Mr. Stephen Duggins, the representative of S.P.B.S. As a show of the school’s appreciation, Mr. Gumbs then presented Mr. Duggins a plaque cementing the school’s partnership with SPBS.

In both ceremonies, SPBS representative, Mr. Stephen Duggins focused his brief remarks on SPBS’s motto- “Empowering youths through education” and He underscored not only the commitment of SPBS as demonstrated through the financial values of its various gifts but also the need to care for the pieces of equipment provided. He also highlighted the various tangible contributions made to similar institutions in St. Kitts, the membership and the future plans of scholarships to tertiary learning Institutions across the world.

The Sandy Point Benevolent Society has, in the past, made significant contributions to learning institutions such as Charles E. Mills Secondary School, Sandy Point Primary School, Newton Ground Primary School and St. Paul’s Primary School.

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