The George Town Community Development Action committee in partnership with the Power of Faith Deliverance Ministry after-school programme is working hard at engaging students in fun activities that create a desire to learn.
On Saturday, the two groups joined hands to host the first ever Mr. and Mrs. Set for Life Beauty Pageant and Talent Show at the George Hicks High School campus.
The event was held as part of their after-school programme to foster a healthy competitive environment for school-aged children, teach them good sportsmanship and aid in their socialisation and training.
Set for Life, formed one year ago by Children and Family Services’ Zemrie Thompson, was established for George Town youngsters living on Washington Road.
At the Power of Faith Hall a team of Action Committee volunteers, with some outside help, oversee 20 to 30 youngsters ranging from primary to secondary school.
They provided a variety of classes that involve helping with homework, field trips, music, sewing and ball games arts and crafts, speech, health and counselling.
At the pageant, six boys – Aaron Solomon, Jeremy Welcome, Keno McLaughlin, Nicholas Simpson, David Garden and Nelson Castro – and seven girls – Nathania Simpson, Mikahlia Barnes, Judith Anderson, Tishay Thomas, Kristina McLean, Zariah Truman and Aeasha Brown – were all winners in the eyes of those gathered in the hall.
The young group impressed judges with monologues, songs, dances and comedy acts.
Amid all the laughter and encouragement by parents and friends, youngsters Keno McLaughlin and Mikahlia Barnes were crowned Mr. and Mrs. Set for Life from the 13 contestants aged six to 13.
Dressed in a fashionable beige suit, white shirt and matching white shoes, Keno impressed judges and friends with the stylish moves of Michael Jackson’s signature dance move, the moonwalk.
Mikahlia, dressed in a pink short-sleeved cocktail dress was just as impressive with her modelling antics.
Children who take after school programs over the course of their life time consistently improved test scores in school, have better then average social skills, and tend to participate in less mischievous activities