There is a dictum that says a man who forgets his root ‘hardly’ enjoys the fruits of his labor; this is because who you are or your status in life is the result of whence you come. Those who forsake their roots are also bound to encounter some unsavory circumstances in life.
It is against this backdrop that members of the 2006-2007 Vivi-Da-Vis Class of the St. Francis High School in Jacob Town, Paynesville in an effort to give back to their alma mater have begun galvanizing resources, ideas and other forms of support to aid the school.
Members of the class, many of whom are now contributing their quota to the development of Liberia in different capacities, have since been brainstorming on how they could be of help to their alma mater.
The class, at a reunion recently, discussed several ways in which they could render assistance to the school. As such, they have planned as a body to undertake several projects beginning with the reconstruction of the school billboard, which has been down. The reunion program was held under the theme: “Rethinking the Future-Returning to St. Francis with a Vision.”
The keynote speaker was the class old English Instructor, Kesselly K. Karsor, who urged the gathering to remain firm in their quest to identify with their former school.
He challenged his former pupils to remain focused to raise the standard of the school, adding that the St. Francis was indeed drowning.
According to him, if any of alumni is to become successful in the future that person should not forget his or her root, “Because the society expects the best of them."
“Mr. Karsor's address was described by members of the class as insightful, which means it was a wakeup call. The President of the group, Forkpawu Kolubah, said.
He said, “Everyone who was there knew that we were there to discuss the future of St. Francis. And serving as the Nehemiah of the Biblical times, the class of Vivi-Davis wants to galvanize the support of all the alumni of the school for the rebuilding process. We are initiating the process, but we cannot do it alone.”
Mr. Kolubah further noted, “We are therefore calling on all alumni of St. Francis to join us in this process. This is about St. Francis and we must all join forces to realize our dream.”
“Our coming together here is not only to merry make, but to first and foremost discuss how we can give back to this noble institution which helped to mold the minds of so many young intellectuals, who are now torch-bearers in the larger society,” Mr. Randolph, who was one of the Presidents of the two 12th grade classes, said.