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Nashaun gets help

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

NASHAUN MOULTON is a brilliant student who has dared to dream big. Though poised for greatness, the financial situation he was faced with was a major hurdle between this young man and his dream of becoming a robot-building scientist.

At the beginning of the school term in September 2014, Nashaun, who had passed for Glenmuir High School, was awarded cash to assist him in offsetting his back-to-school expenses based on his exceptional Grade Six Achievement Test results.

However, he was faced with another problem. His father, Ivan Moulton, was finding it extremely difficult to send his son to school on a daily basis. The senior Moulton, who is a mason by profession, said in the off season when there is no work, he walks the streets with a box of flowers on his head trying to sell as much to make enough to buy food and to school his three children.

Having read Nashaun's story, published in The Gleaner on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Christine Hastings Lumsden of Nature's Power Team decided to reach out to Nashaun's father to assist financially.

Compelled to help

"Last summer, I saw Nashaun's story posted online by the James and Friends Education Programme (JFEP), and I was so moved when I saw it, not knowing at this stage that JFEP would have approached me and asked me to be a sponsor for this young man."

She said she felt compelled to assist as Nashaun had been doing well academically since primary school and had the potential to do even better. "I was especially moved by how hard his father has been working to keep him in school. The presence of a father in the life of this child has really helped him to be here, and I'm really happy to know that we have Jamaican fathers who make the effort to support their children as much as Mr Moulton."

During Monday morning's devotional exercise at the school, Nashaun was presented with a five-year scholarship that will take care of all his school expenses, including travelling, as long as he maintains his high average. The scholarship may be extended beyond the five years if Nashaun decides to go to sixth form as long as he remains consistent.

The senior Moulton was at a loss for words in expressing his gratitude to Hastings Lumsden for assisting his son. "When he just passed for this school, I was so worried because I didn't know how I would get through life sending him to school. So I am very happy and thankful that Mrs Hastings Lumsden decided to help."

In the same breath, he encouraged his son to continue to do well and to keep his average above what is required so that he will keep his scholarship.

Hastings Lumsden offered these words of advice to the senior Moulton: "Keep up the good work. It's a struggle for many, but we can if we work together and help Nashaun to make a better life."

Nashaun was pleasantly surprised. "It was a very big surprise because I know my father didn't have the money to send me to school, so I thank my sponsor very much for this opportunity to further my education so that I can be what I want to be. I am happy to get a five-year scholarship and I plan to use it wisely to further my academic studies."