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

Jamaica Gleaner - - YL -

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.

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