Thelma Gibson Primary School student initiates canned & dry goods drive to benefit BNCD pantry
Demeek Moxey is only 10 years old, but he has a “huge heart” which “bleeds” for the less fortunate, and after witnessing hungry people on the streets, he yearned to do something to help.
The Thelma Gibson head boy spoke to his teacher, Diane Gilbert-Telle, about his thoughts about a dry and canned good initiative, and what he would he like to do. Gilbert-Telle promised him she would speak to an organization that he could assist.
Demeek then took to the stage during one of his school’s Tuesday general assemblies to make a plea to the student body, telling them what he wanted to do. Many of his peers stepped up to assist him in his initiative.
In the end, he was able to make a difference through his donation of over 200 items to the Bahamas National Council for Disability (BNCD) which ensures that the disabled community has the resources necessary to continue efforts to ensure that no one goes hungry.
“It made me feel great to understand that people would now have food to eat,” said Demeek, of the initiative that was his first ever. “I decided to do it because I saw a lot of people on the streets that were hungry, and it just came to my mind to want to do something.”
He also made his parents Demeek and Anastacia Moxey proud.
The youngster’s initiative ties in with the school’s administration’s effort to encourage altruism in its students.
Thelma Gibson’s administration realizes that food insecurity affects the health of vulnerable populations, particularly young children, senior adults, and the disabled community — and that many families do not have access to three nutritious meals each day.
Through the donation of Demeek and others, the BNCD is better able to make a difference, as donations help to ensure that the disabled community has the resources necessary to combat hunger in the community.
Tamika Armbrister, Thelma Gibson vice principal, said the school’s administrators were proud of Demeek and his drive.
“We like that he thought it fitting to find a way to give back, and he not only did it himself, he involved his peers. It was wonderful that he did that.”
Thelma Gibson has adopted the BNCD’s five core values of compassion, fostering health, innovation, collaboration and accountability. Their objective is to inspire community generosity, attract a younger generation of civic-minded Bahamians, build the capacity of BNCD to assist its membership, and inspire national attention to sustain the BNCD pantry.
Demeek, not only has a heart, but he’s smart as well. The head boy has a 3.80 grade point average (GPA), and counts math and spelling as his favorite subjects. But, he said, if he could do away with just one subject from the curriculum, it would be social studies.
He credits his mom and grandmother (Inetha Hart) with ensuring that he learned how to study.
Demeek will also take to the national stage for the second year to fight for the National Spelling Bee crown on Sunday, March 10 at the Crown Ballroom, Atlantis, Paradise Island. He earned the right by virtue of his win of the Eastern New Providence Primary District, correctly spelling the word “mesmerize”.
Bee Week is March 7—11.
Armbrister said Demeek is confident going in and they expect great things from him.
“Preparation has been very intense leading up to the competition. Even during the midterm break he was here practicing with his coach, so we expect great things from him,” she said.