TCI Hospital and The Math Lab Partners on STEM Education
#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – Children are naturally curious and providing opportunities to develop that curiosity and other skills are an integral part of educational programs today. InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, doctors, nurses, and engineers with programs that provide hands-on experience.
Through its STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, the TCI Math Lab has focused on critical areas—science, technology, engineering, and math; an essential way to engage students in fun and meaningful ways while helping them develop 21st Century Skills. The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital aims to assist in bolstering stem education by providing real-world applications and exploring how the sciences can lead to many areas in health and medicine.
On Monday, May 30th, 2022, at the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation’s 1st Annual Science Expo, TCI Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr Devon Grant spoke to over forty youngsters on the importance of healthy choices to protect the heart and along with Dr Raven Saunders, Dr Eric Griggs of New Orleans and Dr Alexis Missick demonstrated and presented on the various heart functions, phlebotomy and administering medication and nutrients directly into veins.
Also in attendance were Mrs Romaine Missick-Smith, CEO of the Health Regulatory Authority and Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant, CEO of InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, who brought remarks and participated in the skills stations.
“Our goal has always been to mentor and foster youngsters interested in a future career in medicine. We have displayed this through our Ready and Clinical Observation programmes. It is a pleasure to sponsor this important foundation, and we look forward to future events. I congratulate Mr LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, for hosting its 1st Annual Science Expo and the event’s success,” said CEO Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant.
She added, “We are committed to STEM education for all, to empower students to envision themselves as future scientists, innovators, and trailblazers in health and Medicine. We believe we can make a difference in their lives today so that they can make a difference in the lives of others tomorrow”.
“Our organisation is committed to educating and exposing our students to the world of STEM, and this program, like all others, aims to do just that. We believe that it is important for our students, especially those in underserved communities, to have the opportunity to access programs that can tremendously change the trajectory of their lives. We believe that we can be very successful in accomplishing our mission of increasing educational outcomes, college readiness, and employability skills in our youth”, said LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab, and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation.
Through the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital will be providing 30 students with CPR training on both Grand Turk and Providenciales.
New ASHLEY’S LEARNING CENTRE CONCERT
#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – Musicians from the New World Symphony will be in the Turks and Caicos in concert next month and residents are invited to attend in support of the future of Ashley’s Learning Center.
A fairly young orchestral academy based in Miami, the New World Symphony was launched in the 1980s by 1987, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison,Carnival Cruises founder. From the 1500 applicants who vie for a spot each year, the symphony accepts around 35 music graduates annually for training fellowships.
A select few of those graduates will be in country on April 8th headlining at the Ashley’s Learning Center concert ‘We’re all in this together’. The concert which also feature local artistes will be held at Brayton Hall on Venetian Road from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Tickets are available ON ISLEHELP $75 PER GENERAL SEAT $125 PER PREMIUM SEAT $195 PER GALLERY SEAT – with /FREFRESHMENTS.
For TICKET RESERVATIONs you can call: 649-341-2304 or email EVENTS@ASHLEYSLEARNINGCENTER.ORG
A short look at Celery
March 17, 2023 – Celery is a great food for people trying to lose weight or just put healthy meals on the table. It’s mostly made up of water and with only ten calories per stalk, you can add it into juices, salads, stir frys and more, without worrying about large amounts of sugar.
There are other health benefits as well. Healthline says it is rich in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, supports digestion and it can help with heartburn from spicy foods!
TCI farmers have hopped onto the celery train and the nutritious vegetable will be available to purchase, in a debut for celery, at the Farmers Market this Saturday March 18th from 8:30 am to 1pm.
On National Teachers Day, DG Commits to Better Pay
#TurksandCaicos, March 16, 2023 – Deputy Governor Anya Williams is committing to improvements in the public service including better wages. The Head of the Civil Service made the announcement in a recent National Teacher’s Day message.
“We recognize, commend, and applaud you for your service and promise our commitment to continue to work to improve the infrastructure, pay, and benefits, not only for teachers but also the wider public service.”
The announcement comes after the DG’s office released a tender for a consultant to reassess the pay grading scale for the entirety of the public service. Recognizing Education Week, Williams thanked the country’s teachers for their service throughout the years.
“In recognition of Teacher’s Day, I would like to express our profound thanks to teachers across the Turks and Caicos Islands, specifically highlighting the over four hundred teachers in our public service that give selflessly of themselves every day to educate, mold and inspire the future generations of these islands.”
Williams celebrated Education Week along with Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education and hundreds of teachers and students who participated in debates, field trips and the science fair sponsored by FortisTCI.
It was the first time in two years that the events were held on such a large scale because of COVID-19.
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