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 a six hour drive to the Windsor Forest Primary School’s Graduation Ceremony in Portland, Jamaica.

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Watching each of the students get awarded for academics, sports, and other extracurricular activities bought so much joy to my heart. And as I sat with parents in the church and watched them marvel at their children’s achievements. My heart swelled with pride. I was so happy and honoured to share in this momentous occasion.

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At the ceremony, I had the privilege of awarding the male student with best results on the Grade Six Achievement Test GSAT on behalf of Dr. Jermaine Mcalpin. I also gave out the award for the top female GSAT student. When I handed her the trophy and saw her eyes light up with appreciation, I felt entirely fulfilled. This sense of fulfilment is the reason I have decided to donate five percent of my income to charitable organizations like Shashamane Sunrise.

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After a long day of distributing awards and encouraging the children and their well-wishers, the Shash Team travelled to Boston beach. I wasn’t dressed appropriately, but I couldn’t resist the ocean. The water looked so enticing, and the waves were calling my name. I jumped in, business suit and all!  (Yes, I’m a water baby.) Bonding with my Shashamane Sunrise family after an arduous day of travelling and volunteering was indeed a great feeling.

I applaud Shashamane for its impactful initiatives and for allowing individuals like me to contribute positively to the lives of our nation’s children. And I will continue performing these acts of kindness for, as Aristotle said, “Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

 

 Nicole Stoddart is the CEO and Founder of Crown Consultancy and a Shashamane Sunrise Youth Ambassador.

 

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