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2015 Newsletter - A Year In Review






 

Dear Friends, Supporters & Well-wishers,

A New Year - 2016 – has begun and we take pleasure in wishing all our supporters and friends good health, peace and success in all you do this year and beyond. It is a great opportunity to also extend our thanks for your support of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls. Generous donations from you provide the financial and moral support needed to continue fulfilling our mission. You have demonstrated your deep commitment to our work to ensure that our contribution to the school meet our goal of quality education for the students.

There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty. We are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like you who answer the call to give again and again.

Once again, we say a big thank you.

Dinner & Dance


The Association held a fund raising dinner & dance on September 26, 2015 at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall in New York City. There was an unexpectedly good turnout as the date conflicted with other important events that required the participation of some of our friends and supporters.  Our Organizing Committee did a phenomenal job that helped ensure the success of the event. Support and encouragement from members of the Association were timely and well appreciated.

Our supporters and friends rose to the occasion. 

Floods - September 2015


Flood victims were aided with donations from the Association when torrential rains in Sierra Leone caused heavy flooding and extensive damage to homes and property in the capital, Freetown. 

OTHER RELATED & IMPORTANT NEWS

Privatisation
 

In 2015, the Ministry of Education granted a three year provisional privatisation change for the school effective January 2016.  After three years in this status, we are confident that the school will continue to enjoy its private status. This will be achieved by having the necessary and continuing support and financial assistance and demonstrating high educational excellence.

Partnership with Rotary Club


The Teaneck, New Jersey Rotary Club in conjunction with Rotary International donated funding for a solar system for the boarding school. The Association recognizes the active roles of Sierra Leoneans who are members of Rotary - Mr. Clifton Fyle and Mrs. Helen Nylander, the latter who is also the Association’s Liaison Officer in Freetown.  

Our Mission


The mission of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls (New York Metropolitan Area) is to work in close cooperation with the Board of Trustees, the Principal and staff of the school to further the high academic standards as well as influence the positive and social activities of the school.

2016 FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES


Atlantic City Bus Ride

Our traditional bus ride annual fund raising event took place on June 13. It was a great success with an appreciably good turnout. Thanks to all who participated.

 

Annual Thanksgiving Service


The Association held its 26th Annual Thanksgiving Service on July 12, 2015 at the United Methodist Church of Hempstead. There were 169 people in attendance.  Customary thanks and praise were rendered to God for His numerous blessings and love. God’s guidance is always sought to help the Association fulfill its mission of contributing to the education and social growth and development of the students. The Association was blessed to have as its preacher Rev. Simeon Johnson, a Sierra Leonean, who lives in New York City and whose wife is a FSSgian.  His message was full of inspiration and hope. Rev. Johnson’s background includes serving as Chaplain at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, Chaplain at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, Priest- in-Charge at St. Edmunds Episcopal Church Bronx, New York as well as at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Staten Island, New York. 


90th Anniversary


The school celebrates its 90th year of existence this year. This coincides with the acceptance of the school as a private institution. We are, indeed, challenged with ensuring more good years ahead and we pray for continuing success in all its endeavors. 


Plans for 2016


The Association will be working closely with the local Freetown Branch and other branches to identify the needs of the school and possible new or continuing projects in keeping with the change of the school’s status.  This will include upgrading classroom furniture, enhancing and equipping the library and science laboratory, complimenting the number of staff needed in the school’s health clinic, providing students’ scholarships etc. 
 
 
It costs ONLY $200 annually to fully equip a student. This amount covers: tuition, books, school bag, pens and pencils, notebooks, uniform, transportation and lunch.
 
All donations to the Organization are tax- deductible. 
Association Members

Janet Ojo, President
Isa Hamilton, Vice President
Agatha Pratt, Secretary,
Alison Thomas, Assistant Secretary,
Claribel Benka Coker, Treasurer
Victoria Tamukey, Assistant Treasurer
Sarian Parker, Member
Evol Sealy, Member
Dinah Williams, Member
Wilhemina Fraser, Member
Pat Marcel, Member
Ada Barlatt, Member
Donna Sayers, Member
Mariam Sokari, Member
Acie Jalloh, Member
Helen Nylander, Liaison Officer
Yvette Aberdeen, Liaison Officer
 
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