Motivating students to Live a Life of Purpose
Over the first two weeks of the calendar year, many school students across Anguilla were inspired by the ‘Living a Life of Purpose School Tour’ organized by Avern Gumbs. It is her desire to inspire children and young individuals and provide the support and motivation she had to either dream or act upon her dreams.
Who is Avern Gumbs?
Avern Gumbs is an alumni of the Prophecy Preschool, Valley Primary School, Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School (ALHCS) and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Policy and is the Assistant Tennis Coach for the Clark Atlanta University Women’s Tennis team.
The School Tour – Choosing the age groupsOver the course of January 2nd – 8th, 2018 Avern visited the Prophecy Pre-School, all of the Grade 6 Primary School classes, all ALHCS Third Form classes and the Form 6A students. While brainstorming the idea, she prayed and thought about the most effective ways of handling each age group. These age groups are transitional and pivotal moments throughout the levels of education here in Anguilla.
- preschool to primary school,
- primary school to high school,
- 6th form to the working world or university.
Carrying out the tour
At the preschool level, she inspired the little children like she once was to “Climb to the top of the Mountain” through an originally written and self-narrated story. The main character being a baby Tiger who dreamt of and applied herself and defied odds to reach the top of the mountain that was ‘off limits’ because of an alligator residing at its base. And by so doing, others were encouraged to climb as well.