Clifton Hunter High School students were out and about in the eastern districts this month in the spirit of community service.
According to YMCA of the Cayman Islands community relations director Vanessa Hansen, students participating in the Y’s Extended After School Programme at Clifton Hunter put caring into action by visiting seniors, children in hospital and local firefighters in late February and early March.
With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA offers a variety of initiatives, including the Y Day Camp, Teen Leaders and the After School Programme.
“Community service learning reinforces the Y core value of caring teaching, and reinforcing the impact that each young person can have in their community,” said Ms. Hansen.
“YMCA leaders for the after school program are always looking for projects or opportunities to connect with community.”
On their visit to Sunrise Cottage in East End in February, the students brought handmade cards, listened to residents’ stories, and recognized the contributions to society made by the elderly.
The students also stopped in to Health City in February to spend time with young pediatric heart patients from Haiti who were recuperating from cardiac surgery. The language barrier was overcome by Yves Fontaine, who served as interpreter for the visit.
“It was so impressive to know that the children had such bravery to go through this process and the struggle they had to live with without the right care they needed,” said 14-year-old Shantae Ramoon.
“It brought tears to my eyes to realize this.”
Zachary Allen, 11, said the visit reaffirmed his dream to become a doctor.
“It was nice meeting the children, although it is heart-breaking for me to see children sick,” he said.
The students then visited the Frank Sound Fire Station on March 8th, where they presented handmade cards of appreciation to the staff.
“I am impressed with the awesome job that these firefighters do, and what they do daily to make sure that we are safe,” said Braneta Anderson in recognizing the important role that Fire Services play.
“These men work too hard to go unrecognized,” added CHHS Head Boy, Keanu Oliver.
Ms. Hansen said the firefighters all had big smiles on their faces and were grateful for the recognition.
Organizations can email [email protected] with any potential activities that students can take part in.