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Small Deeds Foundation to assist more Hanover schools

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Five years ago Jamaican born siblings Rose and Anthony Hill founded Small Deeds Foundation with the aim of giving back to their native Green Island Hanover community.

Now, considerations are being given to expand the reach of the charitable organisation to other Hanover communities.

The two, who currently live in the United States of America, received their primary education at the Green Island Primary School.

Since 2012, the Hanover school has been the beneficiary of a number of initiatives undertaken by the Small Deeds Foundation.

Following the school's graduation exercise last Thursday, Rose told the Jamaica Observer West that she will be having dialogue with the new principal of Brownsville All - Age School also in Hanover, with the aim of making contributions to that institution.

According to Rose, Brownsville principal Sophia Bucknor, who taught at Green Island Primary several years ago, has been instrumental in coordinating donations to the Green Island school for several years.

“We are looking at other schools as well. Miss Bucknor has adopted a school as principal and I am going to communicate with her as well, to see the things that her school is in need of, and how I can also help build her school,” Rose told the Observer West.

Meanwhile, some 12 students were presented with the “Rose Hill Scholarship” valued at $10,000 each, as part of the Small Deeds Foundation initiative, during the graduation exercise.

An overwhelmed Green Island Primary School principal Vaccianna Moseley said the scholarships were given to needy students, who are performing well, academically. He said seven of the beneficiaries will be leaving for secondary school later this year, while the remaining are grade five students.

“We are extremely grateful; very, very thankful. Parents are overwhelmed. In this time, for you to receive a voucher of $10,000 to go towards books, it does go a far way,” said an appreciative Moseley.

Moseley said the assistance to the school by the foundation started with the donation of back-to-school items.

“It started with her (Rose) donating various back-to-school items to the school. So, we would always have to identify students who needed them most, and she would be very, very generous. Books, bag, pencil; you name it, she would provide it.

And, she did that for three years, but we had some problems with taking things into the country in terms of the red tape and time… so we decided on a strategy to help these students by giving scholarships,” he explained.

Rose pointed out that the idea to make donations to her alma mater came about five years ago during a visit to the island for the Jamaica 50th Independence celebrations.

“We did not just want to come to Jamaica just for a good time, so we decided that why not do something apart from celebrating Jamaica 50th anniversary,” she noted, emphasising that her contribution to Green Island Primary will continue.

“Next year I will be back and each year I will try to do more than the year before. So, it's something I definitely want to continue to do,” she said, pointing out that the motto of the foundation, which is supported by family and friends is: “A small deed is greater than the grandest of intention.”

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