Reach One Child inspires Jamaican primary school students
The Reach One Child (ROC) Foundation, the brainchild of entertainers Cherine and Patrick Lindsay, will today begin its fourth annual ROC School Tour under the theme 'Stand 4 Something'.
This year's staging of the tour is produced and executed by a passionate group of young professionals, 'ROCstar' mentors, who are all volunteers.
The ROC team will visit seven schools, commencing today through March 31.
Participating schools include Port Royal Primary, Clan Carthy Primary, Holy Rosary Primary, Norman Gardens Primary, Rollington Town Primary, St George's Girls Primary, and St Aloysius Primary.
ROC's 'Stand 4 Something' school tour aims to motivate and empower students at the primary level through various team-building and leadership activities and discussion groups.
"Our mission with the school tour is to inspire these young students to become positive agents of change in their schools and communities while fulfilling their academic potential," said Cherine.
Over the past three years, the tour has reached approximately 5,000 students in more than 20 primary schools across the island. It has garnered support from professionals in areas such as medicine, entertainment, business, law, sports, engineering, and media, who serve as motivational speakers for the programme and continue to be resources to the students.
Additionally, the tour has been the catalyst for the ROC Scholarship Programme, which provides Grade Six Achievement Test graduates with tuition, textbooks, school supplies, and, in some cases, uniforms throughout high school.
It has earned a high approval rating among the students and has led to the formation of a student-led service club, ROC Club International, in an east Kingston primary school.
Principal of Rollington Town Primary School Dr Margaret Bailey said: "The tour has influenced the children in such a positive way. It has raised their self-esteem tremendously, and they are excited about being the change they want to see in their communities and Jamaica at large. They are more motivated, and this is reflected, especially in their behaviour and their attitude towards their schoolwork."