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Aug 23, 2013

Karate Summer Camp for kids

Every year at the end of summer there are a number of organizations that work to provide needy students with school supplies. It’s much anticipated and in some areas it is a vitally important community initiative. There is one such organization that is going above and beyond its social call of duty. The House of Shotokan is working to give students their necessary supplies, as well as a mental push to ensure that they are successful. More than seventy students took part in the community outreach in Boom this morning. Mike Rudon has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Students from some of the most disadvantaged areas in the small community of Burrell Boom crowded into the Church of Christ building today. They were guest of the House of Shotokan Karate Academy in Belize City.

 

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

“The House of Shotokan Karate is located on Princess Margaret Drive. We are a karate studio art working and teaching children and adults; reaching out to the community with various programs throughout the year and this is one of the programs that we highlight…our back to school program.”

 

This is the fourth year that the academy has carried out its back to school program, and it has gotten bigger every year.

 

Tania Kelly

Tania Kelly, House of Shotokan

“We mainly focus on children because we know that once we provide them with the values and the course, we know that we are creating future leaders for Belize. Back to School program was one of the programs that we started in terms of giving the students a hand on hand program. We know that if we bring our students out to be a part of it, they can know that it is not just what sensei is saying, what the teacher is saying, but they can see with the eyes. We started this from 200. So this is our fourth time; this is our fourth year of us doing this. Last year we provided two hundred and fifty go back to school kids and our locations were Ladyville, Orange Walk and San Pedro. This year, our numbers have increased. We have packed over four hundred school bags for kids. This year we did Burrell Boom, we did Ladyville yesterday and on Saturday, we are going to do San Pedro as well.”

 

The supplies are important, as school opens in just two weeks. But much more important is the message which is given to these youths – the positive reinforcement which pushes them to excel in school, and in life.

 

Shihan Ray Kelly

Shihan Ray Kelly

“We know the value of education. So encouraging the kids and getting them pumped up and hype to go back to school and shoot for the stars; getting that A grade and that rigidity in their work…that’s what we are trying to do to encourage them start now. As the school year progresses on, challenges are gonna come, difficulties gonna come; but the motivation of starting out the box and having mom and dad there and teachers there to help them to shoot for the starts. That’s really the base of this back to school program…is talking to the kids to let them know that they can do it; that quitting is never an option. As you say the children said, he want to be an architect and the other that he wants to be a doctor. Those are high aspirations. Now can we aid those children in that? I will say yes we can through different programs and help along the way.”

 

Apart from the mental stimulation and the school supplies, there was an added bonus as the youths also learned some basic Japanese. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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