THE transition of Olympian Olivia McKoy from selling ‘bag juice’ on the streets to teaching math and other subjects at Hydel Group of Schools has been met with praise and words of encouragement by Jamaica Observer online readers.
McKoy, who has a bachelor’s degree and is a few credits from completing a master’s degree, began her new job as a teacher early September, weeks after she was rescued from the streets. Her plight was highlighted by the Jamaica Observer late July.
In a follow-up article on Sunday, director of the Hydel Group of Schools, Hyacinth Bennett, described her as a “very good” teacher. Here are some edited comments:
Saved by the God. Females, when things get tough don't give up. She was down to her last with money. Yet, she went out and sell bag juice to survive, which I guarantee most wouldn't do. No job is too small. This woman and her story is an inspiration.
Glory be to God. I am so happy for this woman. #SecondChances.
"She later explained that she teaches Mathematics and Literacy to grades seven, eight and nine students, while also helping out in the coaching of javelin throwers." That is how you make use of people's skills — human resources. Now we will have more in throwers. You go Ms Bennett and go Olivia. All the best to both of you.
Here is a Lady who could lead Jamaica.
May God bless this young lady and may God bless Hyacinth Bennett. Current Jamaican sportsmen and women should take note of how they could be treated when their best athletic days are behind them. Don't let all the hype of today get in the way of planning for the future. One injury could remove you from the spotlight in an instant.
This is such a wonderful story.
May God continue to guide you Ms McKoy.
Congratulations to all involved in this story. The Observer, Ms Bennett and Olivia. Well done! Jamaica is better for it.
How many more bright young people are not being given a chance?
What a black woman! We need a woman like u in office.
One more saved from destruction and is able to contribute in a positive way. Thank you to the Observer and Ms Bennett, combined you have done what many more Jamaicans need to do and that is to open doors.
Does Ms McKoy have plans to reunite with her son and bring him back home to enjoy the loving care of his mother?
Joyous, Ms McKoy got the opportunity. Wish her all the very best life has to offer.
A real feel-good story.
Why is it that the Jamaican gov't always have to be embarrassed into doing what is right?
@MeDoneTalk: The Jamaican Government did not do anything for Miss Mckoy... A caring Jamaican, Ms Hyacinth Bennett, came to her aid... provided accommodation and a job.
Inspiring. Hallelujah, JESUS!
I was so sad when I read about your story months ago, Ms Mckoy, but today I must say a big congrats to you. I'm so proud of you and I wish you all the best in the classroom.
I'm so overwhelmed by Miss Mckoy's improving results.
I pray that the good Lord will continue to bless her in her future paths and hope she will be reunited with her son soon.
To God be the glory. Blessed Love, Ms Hyacinth Bennett.