Single Parent Support Group awards Primary school students

(L-R) Master Austin Bart and his Mother Ms. Shana Phillip’s along with Master Keijarie Huggins and his Mother Ms. Predencia Huggins share a happy moment with the gift of school supplies presented to the students by the Department of Social Services Single Parent Support Group

NIA-CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (August 25, 2011) — Two students one each from the Joycelyn Primary School and the Charlestown Primary School were recipients of gift baskets filled with school supplies on Wednesday, two weeks ahead of the scheduled reopening of school on Nevis. Master Austin Bart of Bath Village who attends the Charlestown Primary School and Master Keijarie Huggins of Rawlins Village of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School, received the gifts from the Social Department’s Single Parent Support Group at a handing over ceremony held at the Social Services Department, Grove Park Range.

Also present were their mothers Ms. Shana Phillip’s and Ms. Predencia Huggins. Coordinator of the Single Parent Support Group Mrs Grace Manners, in opening remarks explained that the Group was an initiative of the Social Services Department. She also gave the reason behind the awards to the students as she congratulated them.

“Annually this group through its fund raising efforts gives awards to two deserving students from two primary schools.

Back row (L-R) Department of Social Services Single Parent Support Group members Ms. Vanessa Taveras, Ms. Shana Phillip’s, Ms. Predencia Huggins and Ms. Ermine Whyte. Front row (L-R) Masters Austin Bart and Keijarie Huggins, Group Members Ms. Robehna Wilkinson and Department of Social Services Coordinator for the Single Parent Support Group Mrs. Grace Manners

The students are chosen by the school and the criteria used for choosing these students is as follows: The child must be from a single parent household; the student must be trying hard and their performance must be improving steadily not necessarily the top student.

The Single Parent Support Group is comprised of a team of women who banded themselves together to work for the development of single parents and children. They work towards the welfare and advancement of persons in the Group in the hope that they could, in turn, enhance the lives and motivate other single parents in the community.

During their meetings held every third Monday, they discuss issues which relate to their role as single parents, engage in cooking classes, organise educational sessions for single parents and organise fund raising activities. They are also involved in skills training, educational talks and make contributions to institutions and give awards to deserving students.

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