Pineridge youngsters get back-to-school assistance

SUCCESSFUL EVENT – Ernie Barr, Deputy Chief Councillor thanked all those involved in making the Second Pineridge Back-to-School Giveaway a success. (Photos courtsey of Ernie Barr)

Hundreds of youngsters in Pineridge flocked to the Goombay Land Skating Rink on Saturday (August 18) for the Pineridge Second Back-to-School event, hosted by Deputy Chief Councillor Ernie Barr, who is also the City of Freeport Council representative for the area.

According to Barr, the giveaway was for all residents in Pineridge, despite their political views.

He noted that in addition to the fun activities the youngsters enjoyed throughout the day, 750 backpacks were distributed to students as they prepare for the opening of the 2018/2019 school year.

While the giveaway was successful for its second year, Barr told the Member of Parliament for Pineridge, Rev. Frederick McAlpine, who was also in attendance, “in order for us to better assist these young people, we must find a way to help their parents. The only way the kids can perform better in the classroom is if we find ways to make it easier on the parents and provide jobs for Grand Bahamians.”

The highlight of the event, said Barr, was having the opportunity to honor residents of Pineridge that have contributed to building the community, including Dudley and Katie Seide, Marvin and Karon Johnson and Angela Sands.

“These persons have been active in the Pineridge community for years – making contributions, building the community and assisting in positive development of young people. So, I thought it only fitting to honor them during this time.”
Barr said, “We are already looking forward to next year.”

More importantly, he announced the launch of the Fix Pineridge Committee, which comprises of persons who live throughout Pineridge.

“The committee is made up of several residents in Pineridge, whether they supported the FNM (Free National Movement), PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) or DNA (Democratic National Alliance).

“Through the committee we intend to advocate for the improvement of the roads in Hudson Estate, launch our Community Neighborhood Crime Watch and create more Afterschool Programs for the kids,” revealed Barr.

Residents interested in joining the Fix Pineridge Committee can contact Barr at 810-6639.

He thanked all the volunteers, McAlpine, Jarol Investments, GBPC, Pat’s Uniform, Paracom, Mr. Shipit, Sawyer’s, Express Food Mart, Phluid Factory and all the other sponsors that helped to make the event a success.

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