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Sep 3, 2014

Rotaract Donates Stationeries to Needy Primary School Children

Primary school students are back in school for the start of the new academic year. We caught up with a group of them who had every reason to be smiling this afternoon. At least fifty at the Central Assembly of God received school supplies through the generosity of the Rotaract Club’s community activities.  Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

For the past three years, the Rotaract Club of Belize has been giving back to youths in the community through its Back to School Initiative. Today, members of the group gathered at the Central Assembly of God Primary School on Freetown Road where fifty students were provided with school bags and other school supplies. This year the Club was able to acquire sponsors to assist in making the initiative even more successful.


Adrienne Young, Publicity Director, Rotaract Club of Belize

Adrienne Young

“Last year we actually only gave away school supplies, but this year we wanted to go a little bit bigger and get sponsors. Last year we only gave away books and pens and we wanted to give away school bags as well. And we actually bumped up the number to fifty. Looking for schools, we found this school and when we mentioned it to them; they were very excited and appreciative so we are very happy to have the students here today.”


Jermaine Crawford is the Principal at Central Assembly and he spoke of how the students were chosen for the donation.



Jermaine Crawford

ermaine Crawford, Principal, Central Assembly of God

“It came at a very timely moment. Indeed I know parents spend a lot of money and time getting their children materials and not all parents can afford all the John Sport and East Pack. Sometimes we need to go a little lesser, but it is a very good gesture from Rotaract Club and we were asked to identify students from the school who would benefit from such an initiative.”


Duane Moody

“How were the students chosen?”


Jermaine Crawford

“The fifty students were chosen randomly, but I must say that we know some of our students who are in need and the students might have come back with the same schoolbag. We as teachers realize that maybe the school bags they have is new, but it may not last for an entire school year. So using our own judgment, in all fairness, we gave each child an opportunity.”

According to Publicity Director of Rotaract Club, Adrienne Young, this is but one of the many community-based activities that the club does annually.


Adrienne Young

“We do community service and personal development. We are between the ages of eighteen and thirty and we mainly focus on giving back to the community as well as developing our personal self. Some of the other projects that we do is that we get up at five in the morning and feed the homeless. We have different gift baskets that we give to single mothers during the Christmas or to shut-ins. We go play bingo with the elderly. We have a lot of projects mainly geared towards kids as well; that’s one of our main focus and education.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Duane Moody.

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