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Nov 9, 2012

Primary School students are All Saints at the Battlefield Park

If you were in the downtown area today, you would have seen young primary school children cleaning up the Battlefield Park.  The students who attend the All Saints Primary School say the initiative is their contribution to the problem of homelessness and is in line with the Anglican Diocese theme to promote a healthy environment. Duane Moody joined in the cleanup campaign.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The Anglican Diocese of Belize celebrates stewardship month in November and this year it is being celebrated under the theme, “Our environment is a gift from god; let’s care for it.” And today at least forty students from the three standard five classes of All Saints Primary School were picking up garbage, taking out weeds and sweeping Battlefield Park.

 

Therese Roches, Principal, All Saints Primary School

“Today what you saw was one of our first activities to do some community work and so our standard five students are out there cleaning up as a part of our stewardship month; giving back to the community.”

 

And according to the students, they are giving back to the community and learning much more about the social conditions of the city’s often forgotten residents, the homeless.

 

Tae Neal, Standard 5 Student, All Saints

“We are cleaning up the battlefield park for the poor people. We are doing this so that when they have events at the battlefield Park that it isn’t dirty. We are picking up leaves, dirt; all kinds of stuff, dog poop, garbage, chips paper, plastic bag.”

 

Kia McKenzie, Standard 5 Student, All Saints

“I think it is important because we just do it for the poor people and for the community.”

 

Tae Neal

Kevon Sears, Standard 5 Student, All Saints

“I think they will feel good because we are cleaning up for them and we will make the environment clean.”

 

Kia McKenzie

“We have been picking up leaves, garbage and grasses.”

 

Duane Moody

How bad was it?

 

Kevon Sears

“Sir, it was so horrible for us; horrible for the people. They were living in a bad environment and so we just came to clean it up for them to see how good we are to them.”

 

Therese Roches

“There are so many negative things happening; we need to get our children involved in all the positives they can. And so this morning is a give back and training for them of how they can share and do things in their environment and at the same time feel good about the job that they are doing.”

 

All Saints Primary School Principal, Therese Roches, says that there are more activities involving the other classes that will occur throughout the month.

 

Therese Roches

“This afternoon, our infant two students are going out to the elderly home and they will be taking a gift basket of goodies; some food in the basket. They will be reading and performing and just be in company with the elderly people. So that’s a second one happening today. Each class gets a turn and we have a list of activities for the month of November and it is all about stewardship. So they will be doing various things relating to our community and more specifically some will be for the environment. We are big on the Styrofoam this year that is coming from our bishop and the Anglican Diocese itself.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

The diocese is organizing other activities across the country involving its young students.

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1 Response for “Primary School students are All Saints at the Battlefield Park”

  1. Storm says:

    I like this program, it’s good to encourage young people to make an effort and see the good results.

    I’ve seen some other countries, like in eastern Europe, where people clean in front of their stores and houses every day. Even in the Caribbean, St. Lucia people keep their little island refreshingly clean. “A clean country is a happy country.”

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