L e a d e r a n d C h a rl e m H e n i o r ob na tc s t u d e n t g iv e ig h S H R s p a s t k
FIVE OUTSTANDING students from Charlemont High School in Linstead will be attending the institution free of cost, thanks to past student Jacqueline Butler. Butler, a successful human resources senior leader at a reputable US-based timeshare company, rallied some of her friends, family members and other past students from the Class of 1985 and launched the inaugural Kai-Zee Scholarship.
On Friday, September 9, Devon Williams, Deandra Doeman and Tashana Richards, all in grade 10, and Sasha Clarke and Jessica Wilson, both in grade eight, were presented with scholarships which cover their school fees, uniforms, school supplies and so on for the entire school year.
The Kai-Zee Scholarship, named after Butler’s two daughters, Kai-Lee Nicole and Zoie Elise, was created specifically for students at Charlemont High School who have maintained at least a 75% average, are involved in at least one sport and one club, have an impeccable disciplinary record, a good attendance record and who are in need of financial assistance.
Butler, affectionately known as ‘Chirpy’, came from humble beginnings and was raised by a single mom. She recalls the nurturing and outstanding education and social structure she was afforded at Charlemont High School. “Charlemont was what created the love of learning for me, which provided an educational foundation, a constant and solid support system with the love and care of teachers, facility and friends.”
Jacqueline flew to Jamaica to celebrate her 45th birthday and decided to start her celebration activities with the handover. She had wanted to establish the scholarship for a long time and thought tying in her birthday celebrations would be quite meaningful.
“I’ve had some life-changing experiences these past years, and [I] have been to some crossroads and have had to re-evaluate my values, my past, my future. I feel completely blessed and want to be a blessing to others through paying it forward, and the timing felt right.”
The past Key Club president and prefect further stated, “Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways, we can change someone else’s life forever.
“The Kai-Zee Scholarship team recognises that growth is not only academic but spiritual, social, physical and psychological, and we commit to assisting our scholarship recipients in many ways throughout the year,” she continued.
Jacqueline is flanked by some of her friends and family members who helped her with the scholarship.