Four senior students from St. Bonaventure University near Olean, NY will be completing their first placement of student teaching in four schools on the Grand Bahama Island. Dave Dowd, Connor Dougherty, Laura McDowell, and Meredith Nappa will be living and teaching at local school for the next seven weeks.
In addition to working along side Bahamian teachers, Dowd, Dougherty, McDowell and Nappa will be running an after school program at the YMCA in Freeport. Area students are invited to join after school program which runs Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
During these times, students will begin their homework and play games with the St. Bonaventure student teachers.
According to Dowd, the program is off to a great start. So far, so good, said Dowd. We’ve had between 25 and 30 kids at the program all week. The kids generally finish their homework quickly and we move on to playing Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Rover, soccer, tag and other childrens classics.
Dougherty hopes to see the program expand during his seven-week stay on the Island. The more kids that take part in the program, the better, said Dougherty. We’d like everyone to take full advantage of this program which will allow us to build relationships with the kids for the time that we’re here.