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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/

Instagram: rotaryclubstandrewnorth

Facebook: Rotary Club St. Andrew North

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Grab this September Lunch Special!

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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A Recipe full of Good Carbs and Fiber for your Diet

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Fiber also known as ‘good carbs’, makes you feel fuller for longer. It is in all fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts.

There are many easy ways to sneak ‘good carbs’ and extra fiber into your daily diet. Here is one of them:

Yogurt Mix Recipe

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Make a yogurt mix for Breakfast.

Take one container of plain
Greek yogurt and mix in 1/3 cup of a high-fiber cereal (e.g. Kashi Go Lean Crisp), 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, and 5 large, diced strawberries for a whopping 12.2 grams of fiber, which is nearly half of your daily allowance!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Dental Fair this week in Hanover!

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Representatives of the Rotary Club of Lucea, Great Shape Organization, Sandals Group and Rotaract Club of Hanover at their Dental Fair last Friday, August 31, 2018.

Last Friday, August 31, 2018 was Day 5 of the Dental Fair put on by the Rotary Club of Lucea in partnership with The Great Shape Organization, Sandals Group and Rotaract Club of Hanover.

They will be at the Lucea Church Hall Centre until Friday this week from 9am-6pm.

Bring your kids, family and friends to get dental checks and to sign up for dental procedures if needed by a competent orthodontics team on site.

Rotaract Club of Hanover

Meeting Days and Time: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Meeting Place: Lucea Fire Station

Instagram: @rotaractclubofhanover 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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FREE Medicals at Jack’s Hill Community Centre this Saturday!

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St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, the Lion’s Club of Mona and Jack’s Hill Benevolent Society are hosting a Health Fair!

This Saturday, from 9am – 4pm, come on out to Jack’s Hill Community Centre with the family and get your FREE Medical Screenings. Be up to date with your Health and Fitness.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Don’t Take Life for Granted

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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What to Expect at Denbigh 66!

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The oldest, largest and most dynamic Agricultural show in the English-speaking Caribbean will be this weekend!

The 66th staging of Denbigh will be this Saturday, August 4th to Monday, August 6th at the Denbigh Showground, May Pen, Clarendon. Exhibits will be open between 8am to 5pm.

***Tickets cost $1000JMD for Adults and $400JMD for Children***

The theme this year is, ‘Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow: Agriculture Securing Our Future’.

Patrons should ensure that they take advantage of purchasing fresh produce from farmers who represent farms across the island at the Farmers’ Market.

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Source: http://www.jas.gov.jm

There will be numerous Attractions and Entertainment such as:

– Agricultural and Horticultural Exhibits

– National Champion Farmer Competition

– Farm Queen Competition

– Youth in Agriculture Competition

– An Assimilation Exercise on Climate Change and the Impact of Technology

– Greenhouse Farmer Competition showcasing linkages within the Tourism and Agricultural Processing sectors.

JUTC is providing a PARK-AND-RIDE Shuttle Service from Kingston over the 3 days!

Roundtrip Ticket Costs: $1400JMD (Adults); $1200JMD (Children)

Ticket outlets:

JUTC Office, Shop 126b, Greater Portmore Shopping Centre, Spanish Town Transport Centre on Burke Road, Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre and JUTC Downtown Hub, 9 East Parade.

Departure times from locations in Kingston:

Spanish Town Transport Centre: 10am – 1pm
Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre: 8:30am – 11am
Portmore Mall: 9am – 12noon

Departure times from Denbigh: 7:30pm and 10:30pm daily

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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