L.T. Gay student with a big heart
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)