Rotary St. Andrew North provides Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre Parents with Impactful Back to School Save

Suga interviewed Director of Service Projects of Rotary St. Andrew North, Kecia Taylor on September 9th after their Health Fair, which was held at the Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre in Hannah Town the day before. Suga had some interesting finds.

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a non-profit organization that uplifts less fortunate communities via various community service projects and other social activities.

What is the significance of September to Rotarians?

September is the month where Rotary members, known as Rotarians focus on literacy and basic education.

Why Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre ?

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The Mel Nathan Preparatory School (1994) and Chetolah Park Primary School (1908) were merged under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on September 1, 2018 in order to maintain viability. Both schools are located in Hannah Town, West Kingston in an area with low socio-economic conditions, plagued by violence and water shortages. Mel Nathan Preparatory was established through the charitable trust of Mr. Reynold Scott of the Scott Foundation, a human development agency of the United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman while Chetolah Park Primary was a school operated by the Ministry of Education.

What was Rotary St. Andrew North’s plan to help Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre?

Instead of the expected Back to School Stationery Drive, Director of Service Projects of Rotary St. Andrew North, Kecia Taylor decided to take a more holistic approach to education, focusing on Health and Wellness.

Rotary St. Andrew North’s assistance to Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre?

The Rotary Club of St. Andrew North embarked on a two-part project with a value of $1,000,000JMD. They handed over back to school supplies and computers on September 3 and conducted a health fair on Saturday. September 8, providing medical, optical and dental screening to the students.

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Rotary Club of St. Andrew North’s handing over of Back to School Supplies to Chelotah Mel Nathan Medical Centre (Left to Right: President Lori Chuck, Past Pres. Jolly, Immediate Past Pres. Andrew Jackson, Principal Tamara Rowe, Dir. of Service Projects, Kecia Taylor, Past President Michael Martin, Pres. Elect Ann Marie Curtis)
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Computers handed over to Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre from Rotary St. Andrew North

Did you know?!

Interestingly, in discussions with Principal, Tamara Rowe during planning, most students already had school bags but did not have the essential items such as books and pens. If this is the case across the board, parents may have it all wrong.

Age range of Students

Students are as young as 3 years old and the oldest included students who just left the school after sitting the GSAT Examination, but they still benefited from the health fair.

Level of Participation

The majority of students did not get their medicals as yet and 125 parents showed up at the Health Fair between the hours of 9am-2pm, where some had 2 or 3 children.

What were the logistics to aid children on the day?

A sequential numbering system was assigned at the gate and registration  proceeded in that order. At registration, Rotaractors (Ages 18-30 in Rotary’s youth arm Rotaract clubs, New Kingston and U.W.I Mona) and teachers assessed immunization records and commenced the completion of the Ministry’s Health Form. Each child was also assigned a ticket for a snack and optical assessment.

The Rotary Club of St. Andrew North and the U.W.I Rotaract Club recognized September 8 as the day to improve the literacy of our children by donating books to the newly merged school and reading to the students while they waited to be ushered to the medical teams.

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Rotary St. Andrew North members along with Members of the U.W.I Mona and New Kingston Rotaract Clubs that assisted on the day.

Cheers to the Volunteers:

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Medical, Dental and Optical Assistance

All 125 children received medical, dental and optical assessments.

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Dr. Renne Badroe administering a medical on one of the children.

A lot of the children were immunized, but have never seen a dentist.

Teeth cleaning was performed on 32 children, using all the time available on the day. Gift packages were distributed to maintain and encourage good dental hygiene.

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Teeth cleaning being provided by Kirk Distributors in their mobile unit on September 8, 2018 at the Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre Health Fair.
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Optical assessments being provided by Insight Optical.

What will happen to the Children who need further optical assistance?

The parents were advised to seek assistance at the neighbouring area clinics.

However, Rotary St. Andrew North is looking at other detailed optical assessments and prescription eye glasses as a continuation of this project and will be looking at the continued needs of the school.

Sponsors and Volunteer Medical Doctors

Kudos to the Sponsors and Doctors who assisted with this project that made a difference in the lives of many children.

Medical doctors who offered their time to assist on the day were Dr O’ Danielle O’ Sullivan, Dr. Christopher Wilks, Dr. Trudy-Ann Johnson, Dr. Renee Badroe and Dr. Lorrise Williamson and four medical students, Kelsey Williams Racine Ramnatha, Denzel Moore and Obasi Etienne.

Sponsors included Sangsters Book Store, Mailpac Express, One Stop Computers Limited, The Ministry of Education Youth and Information, Kirk Distributors Limited, Insight Optical, Central Trading Limited, Totally Male Club Spa and Salon, Barco Caribbean, Jamaica Broilers Group Limited and Inter Commercial Distributors Limited.

Congratulations to Rotary Club of St. Andrew North for a well executed, holistic project and wishing continued success for follow-up projects with Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre.

Be the inspiration and help to support Rotary st. Andrew North with their next Service Project.

Rotary Club of St. Andrew North

Meeting Place: Altamont Court Hotel at 1 Altamont Terrace, Kingston 5. Ja.

Meeting Day and Time: Weekly on Mondays at 6:00pm

Website: https://www.rotaryclubofstandrewnorth.org/

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art’s Exhibit continues at The Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House until October 1!

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Multi-Medium Artist, Gabrielle (Williams) Burgess of GW Art poses with her favourite piece from her New Collection at The Reggae Mill Bar’s Art Wednesdays last night at Devon House. (Photo: Skkan Media)

Thanks to everyone who came out to support GW Art at Art Wednesdays last night at the Reggae Mill Bar!

Art Wednesdays was inspired by Swizz Beat’s No Commission movement that started in Miami during Art Basel 2015.

Fairs showcase artists without charging a participation fee and taking “No Commission” on any sales.

No Commission was inspired to create a platform that is 100 percent for the artist. At the time Swizz Beatz didn’t see anything out there like it. Swizz Beatz along with The Dean Collection team are “by the artists, for the artists, with the people.” He then found the perfect partner in Bacardi to help make No Commission Fairs a global movement and not just a domestic initiative.

Swizz Beatz’s No Commission Art Fair has gone to London as well.

Kudos to Alexx Antaeus and The Reggae Mill Bar for taking on this initiative at the Devon House in Kingston, Jamaica.

Many local artists have gotten the opportunities to showcase their talents and now it’s GW Art’s turn!

Remember the exhibition runs until October 1st, so you can view any evening as you please. You can also get a chance to chat with me, the Artist over a drink next Wednesday from 7-11pm at The Reggae Mill Bar.

Thanks again to all who took the time during the week to come out last night and for those who contacted me with kind messages, compliments and motivation. It was truly appreciated.

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Besties, Brittne Murray and Charis Thompson came out to GW Art’s exhibit at Art Wednesdays last night at The Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House.

Hope to see you next Wednesday!

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GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle (GW Art Album)

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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Suga a.k.a Gabby will be the Featured Artist at Art Wednesdays, Reggae Mill TODAY!

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Suga a.k.a Gabby of GW Art will be featured at Art Wednesdays at the Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House TODAY and NEXT WEDNESDAY from 7-11pm!

The GW Art exhibit will run from today until October 1st. So you can pass by any time!

It is a Brand New Collection including a Preview to what is in store for Christmas and also showcases a few old faves.

Sneak Peek!

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GW Art’s new decorative Wall Art, ‘Dream and Live Today’ (Acrylic on 16×16 canvas)

Today the Reggae Mill turns into a Gallery. All sales go to GW Art and this event was inspired by Swizz Beatz’ No Commission movement.

Please come out and Support Art Wednesdays and GW Art! #BuyLocal

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GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle (GW Art Album)

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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Grab this September Lunch Special!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Lifestyle and fellow Alumnae Donate to the I.C.H.S F/N Lab Reconstruction!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle handed over a $100,000JMD Donation to President Keisha-Ann Down and other members of the I.C.H.S Alumnae on behalf of herself and fellow alumnae towards the reconstruction of the Food and Nutrition Lab (Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018)
Gabby a.k.a Suga’s alma mater, Immaculate Conception High School, began reconstruction of its Food and Nutrition Lab on Monday, July 2, 2018 and fundraising has been ongoing. However, they are were short by about $750,000JMD at the beginning of the summer.
When I heard about this, as past Deputy Head Girl (2002-2003), founder and owner of the website,
http://www.suglifestyle.com, I had to help. I thought instead of giving a donation personally, I could make more of an impact by approaching fellow alumnae. It’s a good thing I did, because so many did not know about the reconstruction of the F/N Lab.
Suga Lifestyle is a brand encompassed on the blog, sugalifestyle.com, and is intended to inspire, educate and entertain via various types of posts categorized by; GW Art, Restaurant Reviews and Ratings, Brand Jamaica, Charities, Health and Fitness, Sports and more.
Since I do Restaurant reviews for my website, it would not only be towards supporting our alma mater, but the future of our Culinary Industry.
Many top Caterers and Bakers currently in the Culinary industry are I.C.H.S Alumnae. To name a few of them and their businesses, Observer Table Talk Food Awards Caterer of the Year, Celeste Gordon of Whip It Up, Pastry Passions, Charissa Henry of Pink Apron Ja, Kuk Up Kreations, Suga Buzz, Levy’s Goodies, Cake Couture Ja and I.C.H.S’s Hall of Famer, Thalia Lyn of Island Grill! Whether or not the idea of fulfilling their dream began at Immaculate, High School is where it all began for many and after all, serves as our very strong foundation.
I attended the I.C.H.S Alumnae’s Monthly Planning session last Sunday to handover the cheque from Suga Lifestyle on behalf of myself and fellow ‘Mac Girl Sisters’, and to become more involved as well. I am extremely happy we were able to help to support our bright future and our alma mater.
The F/N Lab looks fantastic for the opening of the new school year with a few finishing touches to be made. For instance the addition of blenders and other items.
Take a look!
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The newly, reconstructed I.C.H.S F/N Lab!
Thanks again to my Mac Girl sisters who helped to make this donation possible! 
Dr. Astrid Batchelor – 2004
Danielle Hammond – 2001
Gillian Jackson – 2001
Janelle Johnson – 2001
Jessica Fowler – 2001
Kadonah Davis – 2001
Lisa-Gaye Greene – 2001
Maxine Spencer – 1971
Michaelia McLean – 1997
Monique Morgan – 2001
Renee Davis – 2001
Sara-Lu Campbell – 2001
Sasha Innis – 2005
Shanique Cathey – 2001
Tony-Ann Lyew – 2001
Kudos!

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Novak is back!

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The favourite won the US Open for the Men!

Novak Djokovic won the US Open Men’s Final yesterday, beating Juan del Potro in fine style and straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to equal American great, Pete Sampras’ haul of 14 major titles.

Djokovic was in top form and so was del Potro. But even though del Potro played well, he was not on the same level as Djokovic.

Djoko’s rivals, Roger Federer with 20 and Rafael Nadal with 17, are the only ones still ahead and dominating Men’s tennis along with him. Djokovic won Wimbledon this year as well, making it his first back-to-back Grand Slam titles since June 2016. While Nadal won the French and Federer won the Australian Open this year.

Djokovic, will now climb to 4th in the world after his great comeback from an elbow injury and back-to-back Grand Slam victories.

Congrats Novak!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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