XLCR Fi Life donates to students
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
XLCR Fi Life, a group of Excelsior High School past students, contributed bursaries towards the education of four students from that institution during devotion yesterday morning.
The group handed over bursaries valued at $25,000 each to the Mountain View Avenue school, on behalf of the students. The recipients include, Gabriella Parchment, Nackeisha Cuff, Ryan Bromfield and Leonardo Morris. Parchment and Bromfield are involved in sports.
"We (XLCR Fi Life) handed over the contribution for the four students - including two student/athletes as long as they remain in school and achieve academically," Kevin 'Keegan' Heron, head of the overseas-based group told The Gleaner.
The past students came together six years ago and raised funds through barbecues, parties and the annual Excelsior Alumni Cup football competition in New York in the United States of America.
The Alumni Cup competition started in Jamaica, but moved to New York two years ago.
"We just went to the school this morning and made the presentations to the four students that were selected by the school," Heron disclosed.
"We felt appreciated by the response from the entire school body. It was a good turnout during the devotion. We are trying to set an example to the kids in order for them to always give back," he also said.
Heron also revealed that the group's aim is to be a non-profit organisation this year.
"We aim to operate as a non-profit organisation this year, in order to get more things. Right now, we are a private entity, so we are exempt of tax write-offs," Heron explained.
Other members of XLCR Fi Life are: Michael Griffiths, Kevin Thomas, Chris Hall, Robert Walton, Nadine Heron, Trecia McGowan, Carlton Hammond, Michael Gordon, Andrew Davis, Walter Boyd, Allan Cole Jr, among others.
Excelsior's principal Veanroy Bromfield is pleased to know that some of his students decided to give back to the institution.
"Past students, headed by Mr Heron, many from the Class of 1990, provided bursaries for the students. I am appreciative and gratified as their past teacher to see they have gone out and developed and decided to give back," Bromfield told The Gleaner.
He also pointed out that the recipients are needy students, two of whom show potential in sports and academics.
"It is a struggle for many students to stay in school, so I'm sure that the effort from the past students is much appreciated by the present students," the principal added.