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Aug 11, 2017

Back to School, Time for a Trim

The annual Back to School Trimming Drive is on its seventh year and once again primary and high school students from across the city are being invited to come out to Fabers Road on the weekend of September second to get a free haircut.  The initiative is the brainchild of lifelong friends Edmund Staine and Brian Dena.  Over the years, it has grown to include the provision of stationeries, thanks to contributions made by several corporate sponsors.  With only two weeks left before the start of a new school year, the organizers have kicked into high gear as they prepare to host another weekend of preparatory activities.

 

Edmund Staine

Edmund Staine, Organizer

“It’s the seventh year we’re having the annual Back to School Trimming Drive courtesy of Inspiration Arts.  We’ve been doing this every year and now we’re back with you guys, thankfully, appealing to the Belizean public, you know, to try to support the thing.  We have it somewhat organized thus far, but as usual at this time we always come out to inform the people that we’re having it again, so that in case other people want to join us and partner with us, they can come out and be a part of the event.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are there any other special features that you’re adding on to this drive this time around?”

 

Edmund Staine

“Well this year we’re inviting some of the government entities, you know, it’s the Human Development, we want to ask Restore Belize to come out, we want to ask other government organizations to reach out to the kids.  A lot of times these people have many benefits and good programs that they’re running but the community doesn’t find time to go out to them.  So this time, we want to see if we can try to bring them to the community because, as you know, for these events we have droves of people passing through and from many walks of life.  They can benefit fully from some of these government departments and some of the projects that they have which are very beneficial to our community.  So we want to see if we can put that as a highlight.  We still have the entertainment passing through, all the Belizean artists have already signed up and have already agreed that they are going to come out and entertain the kids.  We have fun and games and we want to have interactive sessions with them.  We have our mentors ready to go and meet with these kids and have one-on-one sessions with them and encourage them to stay in school because the focus of this project is not merely giving haircuts and giving school supplies.  We want to encourage these young people to stay in school.”

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