Volunteers make after school programme a success

A group of George Town Primary students has completed the Positive Intervention Now after school programme at St. George’s Anglican Church with the end of the academic year.  

The students enjoyed the programme, which runs from 3 to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday, with the help of sponsors and volunteers, including a group of 15 volunteers from major sponsor PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

The programme, run by the education and youth committee of St. George’s Anglican Church, focuses on 10- and 11-year-old children who are generally in their last year of primary school, by helping to shape their spiritually, both intellectually and emotionally. As well as focusing on pursuits such as homework, maths and reading, the programme also offers youngsters the chance to perfect their table etiquette, develop spiritual awareness and work on art and science projects.  

Assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors enabled the programme to run for five academic years, and offer the youngsters a hot meal each day, as well as field trips to places such as the George Town Library. 

Marlene Ricketts, the PIN programme facilitator, said, “We thank PwC for its continued commitment to the programme. Without corporate sponsorship our programme might not have lasted as long as it has. PwC does not only financially support PIN, but they have also provided laptops and a great number of volunteers who help throughout the year.” 

She added, “It makes such a difference when they are there because the children get more individual attention. Besides helping the children with work there has been incidental learning as the volunteers from PwC led a special project called ‘The World Through My Eyes’ to teach the children basic photography.” 

Angilynn Chan-Baraud, PwC’s assurance and business development manager, coordinates the firm’s efforts to assist the PIN programme. Mrs. Baraud said that broadening PwC’s input this year to actively spend time with the young people has been a rewarding experience. 

“Our volunteers have very much enjoyed spending time with and getting to know all the young people who attend the PIN programme,” she said. 

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The Positive Intervention Now programme, run by the education and youth committee of St. George’s Anglican Church, focuses on 10- and 11-year-old children who are generally in their last year of primary school. – Photo: Submitted
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