NBBS Music Day

By Christabelle Brown | IG: @islandbelle_876   Anticipation was in the air as I journeyed with the Shash Team to the National Baptist Basic School in Trench Town, Jamaica. A we stepped out of the vehicles, we could hear the students’ voices, filled with excitement. They ran to greet us with hugs.  It was not my… Continue Reading

The Little Prince: Literacy and Empowerment at Marion School

By Raquel Pelissier | IG: @raquelpelissier   When Dr. Z approached me about joining Shashamane Sunrise and described the organization’s mission, I instantly wanted to be part of it. As Miss Haiti, my platform was education; I wanted to promote literacy and to instill the value of education in our children. I set out to donate… Continue Reading

NBBS Graduation Ceremony

By Nicole Stoddart | IG: @miss_stoddart   I chose to volunteer for the Shashamane Sunrise Foundation because I strongly believe in the organization’s efforts to increase the quality of education for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I’m passionate about touching hearts and changing lives; it was this passion that awoke me 4:00 a.m. to take… Continue Reading

My Year with Shashamane Jamaica

By Romari Frith | IG: @romarifrith_   Growing up, I was only involved in things that I was truly passionate about: debate, science, leadership, and sports. Volunteerism was never a part of my life, so when Leneka Rhoden invited me to become a part of Shashamane Sunrise, I was somewhat indifferent. Still, I joined the organization,… Continue Reading

Soaring to New Heights

By Brithney Clarke | Graduation 2017 Address at National Baptist Basic School in Trench Town   “Soaring, flying, there’s not a star in Heaven that we can’t reach.”- High School Musical  Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, members of the academic and ancillary staff, members of the school board, invited guests, parents, and students: good… Continue Reading

NBBS School Visit

By Rene Curtis | IG: @rene_ashleigh   I’ve always been a passionate volunteer. I recall volunteering in Grade Four as a Brownie Guide. When I matriculated to Secondary School at Merlgrove High, I became heavily involved in the school community. I was Form Captain, a student council representative, Vice President of the Sixth Form Association, Miss… Continue Reading

NBBS Boys’ Day

By Joshua Smith   I had no idea what to expect from my first trip to National Baptist Basic School, or from Boys’ Day. Shashamane Sunrise had only recently introduced me to volunteerism, so everything was new to me.  When I arrived, saw a full house of students sitting with their fathers listening to an… Continue Reading

My Shash Diary

By Brithonie Brown | IG: @brithli_   “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” The Olga Mendez Basic School was in for a treat! A thousand thoughts flooded my mind. It was my first Shashamane school visit, and my anxiety was undeniable. Upon arrival, I inhaled a breath… Continue Reading

My Year in Review

By Leneka Rhoden | IG:  @LenekaRhoden   When Dr. Rene Williamson, the Executive Chairman of Shashamane Sunrise, reached out to me about joining his organization, I was ecstatic. What stood out to me about Shash was its unique model school concept, which it had developed and implemented to improve the learning outcomes of its students. My… Continue Reading

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