L.T. Gay stu­dent with a big heart

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Af­ter one boy’s idea spurred an en­tire school into ac­tion, Lawrence T Gay Pri­mary can proudly say it is among the en­ti­ties pro­vid­ing aid for hur­ri­cane-hit Do­minica.

The source of the good­will is Class III stu­dent Khalim Greenidge who was prompted to act af­ter an ex­er­cise by class teacher Joyce­line Gib­son.

“We had a class dis­cus­sion where I asked them to vi­su­alise what it would be like to live in one of the hur­ri­cane-rav­aged is­lands,” Gib­son said.

Greenidge used the op­por­tu­nity to pose his idea dur­ing a visit from prin­ci­pal Jac­inta Alexan­der.

“I was talk­ing to the class teacher and I saw him raise his hand. He asked if he could ask a ques­tion and that’s how it started,” said Alexan­der.

Greenidge said he wanted to raise funds be­cause he felt bad for the Do­mini­cans.

“I asked if maybe we could do some­thing for Do­minica and the other coun­tries be­cause we may have fam­ily in those coun­tries who were hit by hur­ri­canes. I thought if it was my fam­ily, how I would be sad. So I wanted to raise money for them,” he said, adding he got the idea for fundrais­ing from the news. Gib­son co­or­di­nated the ef­fort. “I sent a memo ask­ing the teach­ers to sen­si­tise their chil­dren and to do­nate. My own class gave more than $100, with one girl, Kelis Sa­muel, do­nat­ing more than $25. We ended up rais­ing $1 079.10 in all,” she said.

Alexan­der was heart­ened to know such a young stu­dent would be so giv­ing, as she said there were too many neg­a­tive sto­ries about chil­dren. ( CA)

Khalim Greenidge with the re­ceipt show­ing the money the school do­nated for the Do­minica re­lief fund. He came up with the idea to help. (Pic­tutres by Nigel Browne.) Class teacher Joyce­line Gib­son speak­ing to Kelis Sa­muel, who made one of the largest do­nati

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