John Gray High School students wrapped up lots of love and gifts to give to the community during this festive season at the school’s assembly on Thursday.
Besides donating food hampers to the Department of Children and Family Services for less fortunate families in the community, the students bid farewell to visiting students from the British Virgin Islands ravaged by Hurricane Maria, donated money to a sick classmate’s family, acknowledged special teachers and students, and got the chance to meet two-time Olympian Kemar Hyman.
The special assembly also saw prominent figures in society share their blessings and good tidings with students.
Guest speaker, Rev. Christopher Rose from the West Bay Assembly of God, reminded the students Christmas was not just a time of giving but a time to hear the “good news in bad times.”
He said he knew the students would agree with him that the world has been experiencing some tough times, including wars and crimes. He said there is good news for those who think that everything is going bad. “The truth is sin is the result of all of the bad things that happens around us,” he told students.
The Rev. Rose challenged students to realize the great purpose locked up inside of them and he did not care what anyone said about them – the goodness that came to earth so long ago was still applicable to them today, so they could live a strong and successful and life that would honor god.
Students presented $1,000 to the family of sick classmate Albert Ebanks. Albert was diagnosed with leukemia and is receiving treatment in the United States. A member of the Key Clubs of Grand Cayman presented the family with $100 from the club.
Mr. Hyman presented the students with a framed and signed T-shirt of him competing at the Olympics, when he set his Cayman personal record for the 100 meters, to show them what giving back was all about.
He told students they must always remember to elevate themselves and believe they can do it: “I just want to teach you guys that I did it.” He said coming through the same system as them – from George Town Primary to George Hicks to John Gray and college, he knew each and every one of them could do it too.
Mr. Hyman encouraged students to get out there and put their best foot forward during the school’s cross-country race, which took place on Friday.