Students get support from Flow, police

August 22, 2016
Contributed Pearnel Charles Jnr (right), state minister in the Ministry of National Security joins Courtney Bell, Community Programmes Manager at FLOW in presenting a grant for $10,000 to GSAT awardee Ashema Henry who will be attending the Vere Technical High School.
Contributed Members of the Rocky Point community who turned out for the joint initiative hosted by Flow and the JCF.
Contributed Residents look on as police personnel play beach voleyball
Contributed Children enjoying the bounce-a-bout erected at the White Sands Beach Restaurant where the Flow/JCF back to school treat was hosted.
Contributed High school bound students from the Rocky Point Community in Clarendon, from left, Patricia Thomas, Neressa Coleman, Jernoya Ebanks, Ashema Henry and Deandre Mitchell proudly pose with the scholarship grant cheques they received from FLOW. They were joined by Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, commanding officer and Danielle Savory, Acting Marketing Communications Manager at Flow.

A day of fellowship and relationship building unfolded on Friday as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) joined forces with telecommunications firm Flow to treat more than 300 children from Rocky Point and its environs in the second of the company's Skool Aid countdown series.

Highlights of the day included the presentation of special back-to-school grants and the distribution of well needed back-to-school supplies by FLOW as well as games and other informal interactions.

Five outstanding students, who recently sat the GSAT examinations and will be moving on to high and secondary schools, were highlighted and presented with grants of $10,000 each. The recipients were Deandre Mitchell and Patricia Thomas, who will be moving on to Denbigh High School, Neressa Coleman, who will be attending Garvey Maceo High School, Jernoya Ebanks, who is headed to Clarendon College, and Ashema Henry, who passed for Vere Technical High School.

"I really appreciate this! This is the first time that something like this has ever happened in our community and for me personally. It is the first time that one of my children has received this type of recognition and support," said Narine Thomas, mother of Patricia Thomas.

Head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey, gave high praises to the initiative which he said will go a long way in healing some of the tensions between the police who operate in the area and the residents.

"This is our way of showing that the police are really here to serve the people. We are not here to arrest, but to show that we genuinely care about the welfare of this community where we also live," he said.

Flow's Acting Marketing Communications Manager, Danielle Savory, said the initiative is part of the company's ongoing drive to support education in Jamaica.

"We are supporting the police who are driven to strengthen ties with the communities they serve, while also executing our corporate social responsibility to support positive changes and transformation in our communities," she said.

For several years, Flow has led the charge of corporate support for communities during the back-to-school period. Each year, the company invests close to $100 million in this regard.

FLOW will be staging its major annual back-to-school event - Skool Aid on August 28 at the Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine, where thousands will be able to access free medicals, haircuts, back-to-school supplies, and more.

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