BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, July 25, 2015
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Renesha Crewe, the mother of Daniel Reid, the former Albion Primary and Junior High student whose dream is to attend Munro College in September, says she has received tremendous support from Jamaicans home and abroad since her plight was published in the Jamaica Observer West last week.
"The response has been good. People are showing that they really want to help. I am really encouraged," Crewe told the Observer West yesterday.
Daniel, who hails from the crime-ridden inner-city community of Hendon, Glendevon in St James, had from an early age expressed a desire to attend Munro College in St Elizabeth, citing the large number of professionals who received their high school education at the institution.
And as such, the 12-year-old boy worked diligently, under less than ideal conditions in an effort to realise his dream.
In this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), he recorded an impressive average of 92 per cent, earning himself a well-deserved place at the school of his dreams, much to the delight of his mother and teacher at Albion Primary and Junior High.
But it later became evident that the youngster may not be able to further his education at Munro, due to financial constraints as the boarding and other fees at the school of his choice would cost $275,100 for the first year alone, which exclude a long supplementary booklist, clothes, bed linen, utensils, PE gear and other miscellaneous items.
The high cost of schooling at Munro triggered fears that young Daniel might one day end up on the wrong side of the law if he remains in the tough Hendon, Glevendon community, which has over the years figured in a number of criminal activities, including murders and lottery scamming. more