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Jun 7, 2012

Maud Williams Court refurbished for the youths

The students of Maud Williams High School were overwhelmed with excitement today as they christened their newly refurbished basketball court. It’s the work of Youth For the Future; particularly the Manager of the Violence Reduction Unit, Kirk Augustus. Augustus did his internship at the High School when he working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling at the University of Belize. He noticed that the basketball court was not functional and spearheaded the project to give the students a much needed recreational outlet. Maud Williams Principal, Cruzita Castillo, says the new sporting programs will also help their efforts to uplift the image of the school. News Five was on hand for inauguration of the court this afternoon.

 

Kirk Augustus, Manager, Violence Reduction Unit, Y.F.F.

Kirk Augustus

“After I completed my degree, I went back to work and I got promoted to Manager and that was one of my first project I wanted to work on. So we started up a pilot project, a suspension program that we’re presently running between Maud Williams School and Sadie Vernon. So outside of the suspension program, we wanted to do a community service and that’s right where we tied in the basketball court as the community service to the suspension program. Without a basketball court, yoh wah find dat dehn stray to other communities and the different level of peer pressure and the influence could be different whereas if they have the sporting facility at Maud Williams then they could stay here. So outside of the suspension program, for next year we want to take the responsibility off the teachers so they can focus on academics and the curriculum and we from Y.F.F., the violence reduction unit, we can focus on sports. So we are planning to coordinate a sporting competition within the school.  With the sporting competition, teachers can have control over certain students you know; if you want to play then you need to get your academics up, you need to reduce certain behavior. So it’s like basically an intervention using sports as the vehicle.”

 

Cruzita Castillo

Cruzita Castillo, Principal, Maud Williams

“I think that this has truly raised the spirits of our students and our staff. Maud Williams High School has been struggling and has been working hard to uplift the image of what it is today and we are in constant effort to do everything that is positive to make sure that our students believe that they can and with initiatives like this that was taken up first by Mr. Kirk Augustus, I need to acknowledge all the work that he has done in taking up this initiative.  He spoke with the officials at his institution and he came and he told me that they would paint the court. And after that he went further and he had communication with Bowen and Bowen and after that he came back with the good news that Bowen and Bowen would donate the backboards.”

 

Tevin Montero

Tevin Montero, Student, Maud Williams High School

“This will definitely be a big asset to our community. It will give students a chance to have recreational sports in the evening. This will also help us to stay out of trouble because many days after school, we would go home and then it’s straight to the streets to hang out but now we can stay back as late as we want and play sports.”

 

Principal Castillo was also informed today that Bowen and Bowen has decided to assist with uplifting the school’s cafeteria.

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1 Response for “Maud Williams Court refurbished for the youths”

  1. Storm says:

    I’d like to refurbish our juvenile laws. People who commit violence, at any age, are qualitatively more dangerous than other criminals, and should be treated separately and more harshly. And I would favour trying violent offenders as adults down to the age of 14 years or so. Agree or disagree?

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