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Jun 19, 2012

PROTO Drive for less fortunate students

Most high schools closed last week and primary schools have another week to go before the summer break. But People Reaching Out To Others (PROTO) is already working on its back to school drive. It’s the fourth year that PROTO is holding the annual initiative, which solicits school supplies for needy students. The organization is also fundraising to reach out to more students and other less fortunate persons. It all starts this weekend with a barbecue at the Cinderella Plaza, which will be followed by a talent showcase for youths in the afternoon. According to PROTO President, Mark Usher, they are now widening the scope of their work to provide much needed positive alternatives for young people.


Mark Usher, President, PROTO

“We basically ask parents to donate anything that they have for school that is in good usable condition, donate it to PROTO and then we find kids through the schools to donate it to. So we’re kicking off the launch of that on Saturday. But what we’re also doing, whenever you do outreach you have to find ways to raise funds so we have decided that we are going to do a bi-monthly barbecue and festivities day starting this Saturday. So what we will have, we will have barbecue done by the famous chef Pete. Now his barbecue method is really unique, I guarantee you everybody weh come buy di barbecue Saturday wah want lef tip cause his method—he actually uses I call it a secret oak wood fire technology. He actually has a very unique way of doing his barbecue so you will be guaranteed that you will get good food at quality price. The feature of the day though we’re having starting around three p.m.  What we have decided to do as PROTO, we have decided that we are going to try to build capacity and encourage the re-emergence of amateur theatre if you want to call it that. We have come up with what we call street side theatre which we will set up right over there. We will set up a little mini stage and we will have the Saint Luke Methodist Drama club and they will come and they will present their award winning—they just recently presented a skit at the Bliss named “Heart, Tripe, Liver and Lites”, right they are directed by Mrs. Wade, who is the principal at St. Luke and they are gonna come and do that presentation. What we’re trying to do on a bigger scale is to encourage the development of drama clubs in all the different primary schools, high schools and every two weeks, one or more of those drama clubs will be able to come right out here and present on our day of festivities, which will be held every fifteenth and ending; ih have to coincide wid di lee pay day right.”


Delahnie Bain

Mark Usher

“So the drive itself, where can people—apart from the Saturdays—drop off anything that they want to donate?”


Mark Usher

“We’re also standing in front of PROTO Secretariat. This gray building right at the corner of Kelly Street and Plaza is where PROTO now has its office, right downstairs. This will be the location where, after Saturday, you can bring any stuff you want to drop off, right here somebody will be here during the day. If you prefer that somebody come and pick it up, then you give me a call 635-7092 and we will be able to make arrangements for one of the Protonarians to come and pick up the items.”


Any youths who attend the Street Side theatre and would like to perform can join the fun as long they keep it PG-13. As for that special barbecue, it’s going for the regular price of seven dollars for chicken and nine dollars for pork chops or ribs.

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