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Back to School Fiesta a ‘shout out’ not a ‘hand out’ – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

- amidst criticisms of community initiative
A number of children were equipped with backpacks at the Back to School Kiddies Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
In the face of critics, Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley, left, has said the successful Back to School Kiddies Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019 was not a hand out but rather a shout out of love to the children, parents and teachers of his constituency. Photo: VINO
In the face of critics, Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley, left, has said the successful Back to School Kiddies Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019 was not a hand out but rather a shout out of love to the children, parents and teachers of his constituency. Photo: VINO
The Bregado Flax Education Centre on Virgin Gorda is getting a face lift ahead of the official re-opening of school on September 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
The Bregado Flax Education Centre on Virgin Gorda is getting a face lift ahead of the official re-opening of school on September 2, 2019. Photo: VINO
Paint for the Bregado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda. Photo; VINO
Paint for the Bregado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda. Photo; VINO
Freshly painted walls at the Bregado Flax Education Centre on Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
Freshly painted walls at the Bregado Flax Education Centre on Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Despite the fact hundreds turned out and participated in the Saturday August 24, 2019 Back to School Kiddies Fiesta on Virgin Gorda, there were the critics who labelled the event a ‘political stunt’ of giving ‘handouts’.

In partnership with Allington O. Creque aka ‘Gumption’, other private individuals, groups, organisations and businesses, the District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) and the four At Large Representatives of the territory, Deputy Speaker of the House Honourable Neville A. Smith, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone, Junior Minister for Tourism Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles, who is also a resident of Virgin Gorda and Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Honourable Sharie B deCastro, were the key players in pulling off the event.

Among the hundreds who attended the event were the naysayers and, though some of them were even seen joining the lines for lunch, snacks, food hampers and back packs after blasting the event as a political gimmick and “politician hand-outs”, there were certain utterances which were also heard by the District Representative Hon Wheatley.

Shout out of love

Throwing a wet blanket on the critics, Hon Wheatley said, “Some people are saying this is a hand-out, this is not a hand-out this is a shout-out to the children of this district, letting them know that we honestly love and care for and about them and today we are showing that not only in words but in action.”

“We love you, we are about you, we want to see you do well. The kids are our future, it must be more than just words, we must show the kids that we are really serious about them,” he added.

Hon Wheatley said the back-to-school initiative for the 2019/2020 academic year in his district was not only centred on the day’s fiesta but was a tri-fold one. “We want the kids, the teachers and parents to have a very good back to school experience.”

He noted, “There are several teams, one here in the field working with the back packs and the food, another team working with the physical school, so the kids have their backpack and supplies but they will also be going into a very comfortable school when it reopens in September.”

The District Representative said this was not the situation only at Virgin Gorda but also at Anegada, which is also a part of the District.

Both the Bregado Flax Educational Centre and Claudia Creque Educational Centre have been undergoing facelifts.

3 Responses to “Back to School Fiesta a ‘shout out’ not a ‘hand out’ – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley”

  • Valley (26/08/2019, 12:18) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    We with you Vincent ignore the three who can’t get over burtee licks
  • Terror (26/08/2019, 12:37) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is a nice gesture but I still think more money should have gone to fixing the school. The classrooms look terrible. If I was a student or teacher I won't be able to focus in that environment. I am not bashing the district rep because he just got in office, I'm just saying that all the money spent on ice cream truck and all those other things (besides school items) wasn't needed.

    Oh and a lot of parents just taking advantage! They spent money on buju and for carnival and have the heart to stand in line to get school supplies for their children.
  • CLAP CLAP CLAP (26/08/2019, 19:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to Vincent and gumption job well done


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