St. Maarten students in Tallahassee treated to Thanksgiving Dinner

POSTED: 11/30/11 7:19 AM

St. Maarten students were presented with goody bags at a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Links Group of Women of Tallahassee and the City of Tallahassee last Thursday.

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten students in Florida were treated to Thanksgiving dinner by The Links Group of Women of Tallahassee and the City of Tallahassee last Thursday. There was also a lecture about the by Judge Peggy Quincy on several laws.
The students who attended the dinner and lecture showed high interest in rental and vehicle laws. There was also high interest in the law on driving under the influence, license suspension and car accidents. Quincy also reminded the students that they have the right to be informed of their rights when they’re being arrested, including the right to remain silent.
Links member Pharmacist Alexis McMillan pointed out that 65% of students drink alcohol in her lecture on health and warned the students about the negative legal and personal health consequences of drinking. She also gave advice on healthy eating, diabetes and the constant need for exercise to prevent hypertension especially in people of color.
Links’ Past President Linda Dilworth asked the Lugisse family that was present to stand and take a bow for patriot Arthur Lugisse that started this movement and the relationship with the City and Links Inc. Dilworth reminded the students that thanks to all the hard work that Lugisse has done they are able to study in Tallahassee and for them to study hard and make their island proud.
“I was informed that a special thank you and applause was given to Ben Harris who has always been there for the partnership and our students and has also been the designated photographer and coordinator of all events. Cindy Peters and Lililita Johnson thanked everyone on behalf of St. Maarten and also showed appreciation to Links and the City for their continued efforts in sponsoring this event for St. Maarten students,” Lugisse said on Tuesday.
Michael Parker who heads the City Economic Department in Tallahassee and who has always been the one to make this event happen was not able to stay to have dinner because he had to drive his son to college but indicated that when he started this event his son was a nine year old middle school student. The youth is now in college and can reflect on how long this event has been ongoing. Parker also indicated that the city of Tallahassee will always be there to support St. Maarten students and the partnership.
Cindy Peters also gave recognition and asked everyone to applaud and congratulate Dr. Cherissa Abdul-Hamid for her accomplishment in getting her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida where she did her final studies in Gainesville.
Links then gave goody-bags to the St. Maarten students and thanked them for coming out as always. Links hopes to visit St. Maarten in the near future with their group and to meet with parents and government officials. They have requested the TLH-SXMF make the necessary contacts when a date is set. Links also acts as moms away from home for St. Maarten students.
“St. Maarten has been a sister city with Tallahassee since September 23, 1999 and over 50 students has graduated since then and presently are gainfully employed. Instate-tuition is the deciding factor making Tallahassee not only an affordable option but also a great and safe place to live, and has won the award as best City to live, in America,” Lugisse concluded.

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