EIGHTY-eight parents were last Thursday recognised by Oracabessa Primary School in St Mary, for their outstanding contribution to their children's development, at the school's annual parents' day celebrations.
The parents were nominated by class teachers and vetted by the school's guidance committee. They were presented with certificates and medals. There was also a prize for the top parent of the year and that award went to Alecia Authurs.
She was ecstatic when she spoke to the Jamaica Observer North & East about the award.
Authurs said she has been very involved in activities at the school, helping all students, and not just her son, who is now in grade five.
“I'm a teacher, a student, a parent. I do everything,” Authurs noted, explaining that she tried to fill any role she was asked to take on.
Alex Carruthers, one of the guidance counsellors at the school, said that Authurs was deserving of the top award.
“She has played a very important part within our school. She currently serves in different areas. At the tuckshop; she assists with selling the items. Also, whenever there is a teacher absent, she will go to that classroom to monitor the children while the teacher is away,” Carruthers said.
“She is always willing; she is an active member of the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) body.”
Carruthers said that Authurs is a parent who looks out for the interest off all children.
Patricia White Wilson, the school's guidance counsellor, told the Observer North & East that the annual awards ceremony is an important one for parents.
All the fathers present were also given special pins by Principal Gregory Davis.
The parents were not only recognised for their outstanding efforts, but were also charged to be good examples for their children.
Chairman of the school board, Rev Claude Williams, commended the Guidance Department for successfully planning and executing another parents' day. He pointed out that while the day is to recognise those who have been doing well, it is also a challenge to those who need to better carry out their responsibilities as parents.
“You may not be able to provide the expensive gadgets, but love costs nothing,” he told parents, adding, “Let us be the best example to our children.”
Guest speaker at the event, Grace Myers also urged parents to be a good examples for their children.
Speaking on the parents' month theme 'Be the influence', Myers encouraged the parents to “bear good fruits”.
She urged parents to look at their well-being emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially in order to bear fruits in the lives of their children.
And at a time when society appears to be lacking peace, Myers reminded parents that peace does not start in the school or with the police force, but in the homes. She encouraged parents to have self-control and patience and to show respect to their children.
“To be a good influence, work on you,” she continued. She told parents that they have an impact on what their children become.