Monday, June 17, 2013
One powerful Mom!
Single mother Althea Beverley stepped up to the microphone at the launch of the GraceKennedy Education Run last Wednesday, to thank the company's two foundations for their assistance in helping her educate her eight children. She said they were able to use the homework centre at Tower Street and that she ensured they worked hard at their respective schools: Westwood High, Holy Childhood High, Dunoon Technical, St. Andrew Technical and Convent of Mercy 'Alpha'.
"One is now at Miami Dade," said Althea, "and the other has just finished her BSc degree in tourism. I told all of them that they should push to college. I stay behind them, get their breakfast, put them on the bus and sometimes I follow them to prayers so I can hear what is going on at the school."
Althea, who lives on Gold Street with her family, says that she ensures her children go to school "six days per week – yes, they go to Saturday class" and says she wants to see "more parents standing up for their children." She said that when her first child got eight CXC/CSEC subjects, she used her performance to motivate her siblings.
"Grace & Staff were like my family throughout – Miss Frances Madden and Mr Sweeney were like my second mother and father," she said of their support. The fundraising formula for Grace & Staff is that the company gives double of whatever is contributed by staff members. Chairman Jimmy Moss-Solomon said the funds have been able to give thousands of children an education over the past 34 years. Well done!
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