Woodland’s PTA taking outreach to another level
The Parent-Teacher Association of Watford Hill All-Age School has extended its reach beyond Woodlands in Hanover, where the school is located.
The organisation has forged a partnership with the school's past students' association (PSA) and has been busy coming to the assistance of needy students and adults in and around Woodlands.
"Our boundaries extend beyond the Watford Hill All-Age and the Woodlands community," said Almenia Brown, the president of the PTA.
"Our outreach programme is always looking about the elderly and the needy. At times, we pack baskets and take it to them in the community or travel as a group to the infirmary in Lucea," she said.
According to Brown, the organisation's outreach extends to supporting initiatives in communities such as Haddington, Cacoon and New Mills, and includes catering to shut-ins in these communities.
"When I was growing up, I didn't have the help so now that I am getting older, I feel compelled to go out and reach out to others, and this works best as part of a team," said Brown.
"I understand what it means to be in need," she added.
The alliance between the Woodlands PTA and PSA is generally at its strongest during the summer when they combine their organisational skills to arrange back-to-school treats for the children, as well as providing books and other stationeries for the children.
In December, the two groups regularly join forces to embark on Christmas projects to bring cheer to the needy children and the elderly across the parish.
"As parents, we all have to do what we can to help each other because it takes a village to raise a child," said Brown.