The student body of Buttonwood Bay Nazarene Primary School got to celebrate a renovated computer lab delivered through the Belize City Council. The school, located along Coney Drive in the titular residential neighborhood, has a population of 223 and has had to scrap for what it can get. Principal Amelia Bencomo relates how this dream was realized.
Amelia Bencomo – Principal of Buttonwood Bay Nazarine Primary School
“It used to be a classroom, but became available after a missionary team donated to us an additional classroom building. This was one of our goals, to develop a resource room where a reading reinforcement program will be set in place, for students who can read and those who are still struggling, as well as for teachers who may want to conduct research to enhance their lessons.
At this present moment, we still face a challenge of limited classroom space. Nevertheless, in colaboration with our General Manager, Local Manager, staff members, parents, and the business community, we will continue on our endeavors to seek further development for Buttonwood Bay Nazarene Primary School.
As a staff and school, we continue to believe in our school’s motto, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ Philippians 4:13.”
Mayor Darrell Bradley says the Council and its other sponsors got involved through the efforts of an in-house group specializing in community projects.
“When I spoke to the Principal, the Principal was an aggressive person. The Principal indicated right away that she had a passion for what she wanted. She indicated that she had a clear vision for how she saw her school. She could have said, ‘Mr Mayor, we need this, we need that, we need this, and not only that, but that these are the things that we have already done towards achieving that goal.’
So when we toured the Resource Center she said, ‘This is something that our students need, but that we have already gotten one or two things towards it.’ So what the City Council came in with was a helping hand to build upon the spirit and the seed that the Principal and her staff had already planted.
The second principle, which I think is very important, is what was stated by the General Manager, this idea of a return on investment, and I like that. What we are doing here, or even what we are doing in our city, is not for today’s time. It is for the future, and one of the most important things that one could ever do is to invest in the greatness of a child.”