CALLS recognizes achievers at Final Assembly
His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire and His Worship, Mayor Vernon Daniel were
among invited guests who witnessed the recognition of several students of CALLS (Center where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve).The annual ceremony which marks the closing of the school year also highlights the achievements of the students in meeting the objectives of the two year program. Among the objectives of the program are, “to give the students / trainees an all encompassing attitude and awareness of their potential” and “to build up their self esteem”.
Key components of instructions at CALLS are spirituality and preparation for the world of work. Several students received gifts and awards in recognition of their efforts in the varying subject areas. Evidence of those achievements were on show in a mini exhibition and members of the public and invited guests joined in applauding the students for their efforts.
Of the thirty nine (39) students in attendance this morning 19 graduate on July 6th 2010 at along with twelve other young persons from the 2009 class. The ceremony will be held at 2pm the Central Credit Union Conference room.
The students were encouraged by the featured speakers His Lordship , the Bishop Malzaire, Mrs. Irosa Wade, and Mr. Ashton Riviere to strive to persevere and to apply the knowledge gleaned at CALLS in their efforts at self enhancement. The theme “Yes we can!” was echoed throughout.
Mrs. Olivia Douglas, director of CALLS along with the staff and volunteers were beaming with pride as students related the transformations that had been made in their lives through their tenure at the institution. For the first time in it’s history 6 of it’s students did exams at the CXC level in English.
CALLS, in it’s 16th year of operation has a full time staff of 6 and 12 part time. The institution depends on the generosity of donors who support the program and through funds raised through programs such as it’s daycare laundry services.
Registration for the September 2010 intake is already on the way. CALLS provides a second chance for individuals between the ages of 16 t0 22 years who fall out of the established education system.