Greetings Fellow Executives, Alumni and Friends!
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for allowing me the opportunity to serve again as President of the NRMSS Alumni Association (2020). I am honored and humbled to serve in this capacity with a group of conscientious and like-minded colleagues who have dedicated themselves to continuing the work started in 2010. I want you to know that I am committed to working with you to realize and expand the vision of our alma mater to support the educational growth and development of NRMSS students.
To say the world has changed is quite an understatement – COVID-19 has affected us all! The unprecedented nature and effects of the pandemic has been overwhelming to say the very least, but this did not detour us from our efforts to fundraise and provide for the students and the school.
We have been entrusted with a foundation through which we can assist in securing the future of the youths of our country. There is no guarantee of success, but through our daily efforts, we are assured progress; and we, the Executive Committee of the NRMSS Alumni Association cannot fulfil our mandate without the support of our colleagues, former staff, and partners everywhere. The success of this organization depends on our collective efforts. I am particularly pleased to welcome the newly elected Local Chapter headed by President Rendell Harry. On behalf of the US Chapter, we wish you success at achieving your goals.
At the beginning of our term in April 2020, we were faced with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many in Guyana were out of jobs. We were able to start off by raising more than $7,000 and provided more than 300 food hampers for many Multi families. We continued the backpack drive and have more than doubled the amount of necessary school supplies. We also provided laptops for the top 4 graduating students and book vouchers for an additional 13 students who received 10 subjects or more at the CXC examinations. In addition, the graduating Class of 2020 received flash drives and other memorabilia in commemoration of the organization’s 10-year anniversary. We will also be providing a Smart TV and 4 projectors for the Science and Social Studies departments, along with 50 tablets for students who do not have a device at their disposal and are therefore unable to participate in online learning. We are currently replacing 21 computers with refurbished ones and will be facilitating a mentorship program for students in need of remedial assistance.
For us to continue to be successful and support our alma mater, dedication, hard work and commitment from all members, alumni and friends are required. We were all once students of North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary School and benefited from the foundational education that propelled our personal and professional growth. As a Committee, we ask for your support in giving back to this fine institution by becoming a member in good-standing and assisting our fundraising efforts.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the NRMSS Alumni Association, I ask you to join us in “paying it forward” as we work together to strengthen our alma mater.