For nearly a decade, Reach Out Youth Organization has made the load of preparing kids for back to school a bit lighter, in terms of assisting parents and guardians with some necessities required at the start of a new school year.
This year is no different, as this past Saturday, hundreds of school students assembled at the ROYO Center, located on Banyan Lane, to collect free school supplies as well as engage in a day of activities.
Dudley Seide, Founder, Reach Out Youth Organization shared with this daily that he was truly thankful to all parties involved that made the day a reality.
“Today was an awesome day where we gave out brand-new school shoes, clothing, backpacks filled with supplies and fed the children hot dogs and treated them with the bouncing castle.
“We want to say a special thank you to our sponsors from abroad. Every child who came here today, over 250 kids, received backpacks, books and pencils.
“It is an awesome day here. Folks walked from all around the community to come here today. We are very happy and pleased that we were able to help parents, bringing some relief, preparing their children for back to school.
“This is our seventh year hosting this event. Last year was a little down, but this year, because of the donations we received from persons in The United States, we were able to supply every child who came here today with backpacks, books and pencils.
“They are ready to go back to school. It is an honour to do this. Today is a great day for us,” said Seide.
Some of the recipients expressed their thoughts and gratitude to Seide and the entire Reach Out Youth Organization for the kind gesture.
Raymond Farrington, an 11-year-old, was enthused.
“I had fun and I liked it a lot. He (Seide) gave away shoes and bags because he wanted to help people get ready for back to school.
“ Yes, I got books, pens, pencils, a pencil case and chips,” said young Farrington.
The student said he can’t wait to return to school.
Stuart, a six-year-old, was a student of Martin Town Primary school, however he will be relocating to Freeport Primary in September, with items from the ROYO project.
For the second consecutive year, Bahamian husband and wife duo Jason and Vernetta Edwards of the “242 Give Back” organization spearheaded a sizeable donation of backpacks and school supplies to ROYO and nine other non–profit organizations here on the island of Grand Bahama.
Earlier this summer, ROYO was also the recipient of yet another kind gesture, from Whitten Baptist Church, located in Memphis, Tennessee. A group from the church travelled here last month to personally deliver a 20-foot trailer of goods, which was valued at over $16,000.00, to assist with ROYO’s various programs.