Crowd ’50, Incorporated last Friday turned over an auditorium, valued at US$20,000 to the Marvi Sonii Elementary and Junior High School authorities in Clara Town, Monrovia.
At the ceremony, Crowd ‘50’s incoming president Natty B. Davies, chairman of the project committee, encouraged the school to use the edifice for its intended purpose.
“We began this project in 2013, but we were interrupted by the Ebola Virus Disease,” he told the gathering of students, school officials, representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent’s office.
“Today we are happy to turn over this auditorium so that you, particularly the students, can have somewhere to have a better educational experience,” Mr. Davies said.
He told the students to end what they have started and don’t allow any distractions into their educational pursuits
“You can continue to enjoy your life,” Mr. Davies told them, “after you have acquired your education like those of us who decided to build this auditorium for you.”
The program was mixed with thanksgiving and celebration as Chairman Davies and the rest of the team, including Boakai Sirleaf, took the floor to show the children that even at age 50 and over, they could still take to the floor as much as they can.
Crowd ‘50’s outgoing President Samuel W. Thompson re-echoed the message, urging the students to complete what they have started and make better use of the auditorium.
He reminded the students that while in times past the location of the auditorium was a football field, “It is now an auditorium and you should be determined to use it to your advantage.”
He commended several individuals, including Vice President Joseph Boakai, Director General (GSA) Madam Mary Broh, Mr. Emmanuel Shaw, Sethi Brothers, Bridgeway Incorporated, among individuals and companies that made generous donations to complete the project.
MCSS Superintendent Adolphus Jacobs commended Crowd ’50 and noted that he was not surprised at the project to improve education in the community.
Jacobs said, “Today there are two talking groups, but Crowd ’50 is making a difference for its multi-purpose gift to the school.”
“We want a safe school year and I urge you to follow the protocols laid down to ensure that you are well,” he added.
Representing the Minister of Education, Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, Senior Policy Advisor, Albert B. Coleman, expressed the ministry’s appreciation to Crowd ’50, and called on other groups to lend a helping hand to improve education in the country.
“We must mobilize to help our students,” Mr. Coleman appealed, “and you must use this hall to enhance your learning experience.”
He told the students to use what has been offered so that tomorrow, they can equally give back to their community.
The principal, Mrs. Oretha Cole-Bureh, expressed the school’s appreciation to Crowd ’50, and assured them that the auditorium would go a long way to give students another experience in their educational life.