Foundation launches unique parting gift for students

POSTED: 06/18/12 12:55 PM

Former Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Rhoda Arrindell (seated center) joins in a toast at the launch of Take it to the sky. (Leo Brown photo)

St. Maarten – An inspirational CD called Take it to the sky was blessed and launched on Saturday a few hours before the University of St. Maarten welcomed its 2012 graduating class and mere weeks before a few dozen students would be leaving to begin college studies in Europe, North America and the wider Caribbean.
Lauded as yet another successful project of the Voice Of Our Children Foundation (VOOC), Take It To The Sky will be freely distributed to all tertiary students as they embark on an educational journey that extends beyond the limitations of St. Maarten.
VOOC member D’Shnay York said that the foundation hopes that the CD will be a source of inspiration to them.
“When they feel they can’t go on, when they are sick and when they say things are really tough; we want them to just play it and remember what the reason is for them being there. It will help them realize that they are the ambassadors of Country St. Maarten and that nothing in life comes easy.”
The VOOC also expressed the hope that when the students would have successfully completed their studies, they will then return to the island and make a contribution to either its political or socio-economic development.
A similar sentiment was expressed by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, one of the guest speakers for the modest launching at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. She said that the CD launch comes at an opportune time when many young people are preparing to leave these shores and are called to make choices on their own.
“Some of our children who leave St. Maarten to study are quite young so it is with a certain trepidation that parents see them go. The only thing we can do as they leave our shores is to pray for them, wish them the best, to talk with them and remain in contact with them as much as we can. I am sure they will often be thinking back on St. Maarten where things seem to have been so much easier.”
The Prime Minister also commended VOOC for continuing to look for and do positive things on St. Maarten with the active participation of the youth population.
“You have carved out a journey, clearly a journey of wanting to make a difference on St. Maarten and you do so with every step you take, every project that you undertake. This is just another feather in your cap.”
Dr. Rhoda Arrindell who has always been a staunch supporter of VOOC initiatives urged the young people gathered to live up and even go beyond the CDs title by not limiting themselves. “Don’t let anyone set boundaries for you or tell you how far you can reach. Do not let anyone’s shortcomings or shortsightedness limit your own dreams and aspirations.”
The Reverend E. Lloyd Brissett pronounced a spiritual blessing over the CD which was produced by VOOC president Sharmaine Olivacce, written and arranged by Versatwizy and recorded at 4DA Studio. It features a catchy modern chorus sung by the VOOC members and Versatwizy in hip-hop/rap genre. An excerpt of the lyrics we feature today:

Do it big, make ‘em proud
Make ‘em say: there goes my child
When they see you all dressed up
With your cap and gown.
Take it to the sky, Oh mama don’t you cry
Everything will be alright,
I’ll be back before you know it
With my diploma I’ll be glowing.

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