Linstead CDC looking after its children
LINSTEAD, St Catherine:
For most students, the long summer holidays always afford them a consider-able amount of downtime, without some form of productive activity for these students to be engaged in, many will spend their time in ways that are considered counterproductive.
The Linstead Community Development Committee (CDC), recognising this situation, has been hosting a summer programme for students in Linstead and surrounding communities for eight years.
For the last four of these eight years, the Moneague Teachers' College's Linstead campus has partnered with the CDC to host this event.
Devon Smith, Linstead CDC president, said the committee had seen it fit to convene the summer programme.
"It is a fact that students on this long summer break with nothing productive to do often find themselves in all sorts of trouble. They are at risk, so what we have done is engaged them in meaningful activities for the month of July," Smith told Rural Xpress.
According to him, the classes are held Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"We currently have 30 students from all the major high schools in and around Linstead, and with four full-time volunteer teachers, students are taught courses in mathematics, English, art and craft, first aid and culinary skills, among other subjects," the CDC president disclosed, adding that one day is reserved for catering to the affective domain of the students, taking them to the river for swimming lessons.
Smith said funding for the programme is garnered through contributions from the business community and other donors. Moneague Teachers' College has allowed them to use the facility free of cost for the last four years.
Evith Hibbert, director of the Moneague Teachers' College, Linstead campus, told Rural Xpress that the institution made this commitment because of the importance of the summer programme to the students from the various communities.
"This is one good way of giving back to the community. We believe that since the students are not in school, this programme helps them to maintain their focus," Hibbert declared.
She revealed that she also asked her teachers-in-training to volunteer their time to the cause.
For 16-year-old Adrian James and his 14-year-old sister Shadae, the programme has helped them to learn more and to keep them occupied.
"This summer class is very interesting and exciting, we are able to brush up on our subjects. If it was not for this summer class we would be home doing nothing," Adrian told Rural Xpress.