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Emotional mom basks in PEP victory amid struggles

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:13 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer
Keloney Gayle and her son, Roshane McCook.
Keloney Gayle and her son, Roshane McCook.

“Thank you, Jesus! Only You! Only You!” Keloney Gayle cried yesterday as she hugged her son, Roshane McCook, and raised one hand in the air, with tears streaming down her face.

For the mother of eight, it was a sweet victory as her son was placed at his school of choice, Glenmuir High, when the Primary Exit Profile results were released yesterday.

It has been a long, hard journey for Gayle and her family, with uncertainty sometimes hanging over where their next meal would come from.

On January 31, last year, The Gleaner featured Gayle, who was seeking a miracle to take care of the children.

Unemployed and seeking somewhere to live after being forced out of the house which she called home, she reached out to Food For The Poor with the hope that they could help.

When she was close to the dream of having them assist her, things fell apart as she discovered that the taxes on the land she was leasing were not paid up.

Now living in a shed she constructed herself on the land, she still manages to keep her children in school – and Roshane’s result yesterday signalled a victory for her, and she could barely control her emotions.

Still crying, she told The Gleaner that she could not afford to think ahead right now regarding the expenses of getting her son ready for the new school year as she basked in the moment.

Her daughter, who also sat the exam, has passed for Spanish Town High.

“I know the Lord will provide. He has brought me through this long, hard, rocky road so far, and so I just know it will all work out somehow,” she said.

Gayle, a victim of rape and abuse who has been fending for herself since age 14, said that her dream is to see her children carving out a better life than she was able to do for herself.