Rotarians reach out to students in “different kind” of initiative

PRESENTATION – President of the Rotary Club of Freeport, Darren Cooper (second right, front row) and Rotarians visited with the students of Genesis Academy and made a cheque presentation to assist with their projects. Pictured second left accepting on behalf of the school is Principal Ricardo Major. (PHOTOS: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

The Rotary Club of Freeport recently furthered its commitment to community service by spending time with the students at Genesis Academy and making a monetary donation to the institution.

President of the Rotary Club of Lucaya Darren Cooper, told this daily that the organization chose to visit the school because they wanted to conduct a different kind of outreach initiative.

“We’re here, as a club, to be the inspiration. Our theme for this year is, ‘Be the Inspiration’ and we thought that it was very important rather than us sitting at the Ruby Swiss (Restaurant) and having our regular lunch meeting, we would come on the outside and connect with our kids,” Cooper revealed.

He noted that the club members wanted students to know that they are here for them and would support their endeavors in whatever capacity they could.

He explained that the cheque presentation was made to further encourage the school with plans, such as the miniature Aquaponics Farm and other projects being done to beautify the school grounds.

“We want to be able to encourage the learning and also to say to them that we are partnering with them and hopefully, that this small donation will take them further in making sure that the environment is conducive for learning,” Cooper said.

Genesis Academy launched its Aquaponics Project last year. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, raising fish and hydroponics, which is the soil-less growing of plants, that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

Principal of Genesis Academy, Ricardo Major stated that it’s great to have community partners like Rotary that see the need to invest in students that are having challenges.

“Of course, you know that there is a stigma that’s attached to our young people that are having challenges and it’s so good that they are here with us,” he said. He added that just the club’s presence shows the public the importance of investing in the youth.

Major expressed appreciation for the donation and the club’s effort to get to know the boys by having lunch with them.

He furthered that the school’s objective is to have programmes for the students, because they manage long term students as well as those suspended from local schools.

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