A good deed

A good deed

Moneague Primary students donate wheelchair to disabled boy

Monday, April 15, 2013

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IT was one of the best birthday gifts 10-year-old Alex Maurice Fraits could receive and the appreciation was evident on his face as grade-one students at the Moneague Primary and Junior High School in St Ann presented him with what he has always wanted — a spanking new wheelchair.


It was a memorable day not only for Fraits, but also for the group of students, who, along with their class teacher Kesreen Dillon and student teacher from the Moneague College Patrice Wilson raised the funds.


Wilson, explained that as a requirement for teaching practicum, it is mandatory for all final-year student teachers to carry out a project with their class for the eleven weeks they are in the field.


It was no difficult feat getting the students and their teacher to buy into the idea and, as such, a project was conceptualised by creatively combining the topics from the curriculum, 'Caring for family members with physical challenges' and the 'Good Samaritan'.


A most befitting title — that of 'the Good Samaritans of Grade 1D — was bestowed on these young ones as they set about to do a great deed.


The first step, however, was to identify a suitable candidate for this goodwill, and after some few checks, Wilson hit the jackpot at the Moneague Health Centre, when community health aid nurse, Janice Beadle-Campbell informed them about Fraits.


Fraits, who lost his mother two years ago, now lives in Faith's Pen in the parish with his eldest sister, Keneisha Harrison.


According to Harrison, it was always the wish of his mother for him to get a wheelchair so he could attend school, but unfortunately she just could not afford one.


However, while these wishes did not materialise in his mother's lifetime, Fraits now has a brand new Everest and Jennings wheelchair , which it is hoped will pave the way for him to start attending school for the first time.


"I want to come back (to Moneague Primary) one day when school is going on," Fraits told his sister with a smile.


Wilson said Fraits has received an early birthday present and one he will still be enjoying long after April 24, when he turns 11.


Fraits was warmly welcomed by 'The Good Samaritans of Grade 1D' and also by the wider school community as the chair was presented during the school's general devotion.


"The entire teaching body at the school was touched by the presentation and many teachers had positive comments to offer pertaining to the project," said principal of Moneague Primary and Junior High, Marcia Hinds, who added that Wilson has done something to touch someone's life in a positive way.


This activity, she said, will be a memorable one, both to Fraits and the students, as the series of events that unfolded will be etched in their minds forever.


"This act of kindness goes in tandem with the saying, 'a good deed cannot go unnoticed'," Wilson said, adding that the project was truly one with a 'sense of purpose'.



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