Monthly Archives: August 2015

HLF Closes for 2015 Academic Year

In keeping with the Liberian Government’s pronouncement that all schools close on July 31, 2015, our school officially closed on the announced date, although we had already ended academic activities before that date.

Parents receiving grade sheets from teachers

Parents receiving grade sheets from teachers

We promoted some of the students based on their averages, while others are told to repeat their respective classes. The promotion was based on an average of at least 75%.

The registration process for the 2015/2016 academic year begins this week and will end early September, as classes may be starting by the second week of September.

We wish to take this time to profoundly thank all of you our sponsors, donors, and friends for your support during the condensed academic year, which started in March and has just ended as a result of government’s impromptu pronouncement that all schools in the country should close on July 31. We were able to go through it because of your involvement. Thank you very much!

Kid reading in class in early June

Kid reading in class in early June

We also thank the staff, the students and the parents for their role in the running of the school during the period under review.

Special thanks to Lena Marner and Anders Marner, our hard-working international contact persons and dedicated fundraisers; to David Turner, a true friend and sponsor of the school and the kids; to Mary Smith, our innovative and caring partner and webpage administer; Mike Silander and Marijke Silander, the late Tauno Silander’s siblings who have raised the needed funds for the completion of the annex and have promised to continue to help the school and the kids.

As we plan to start a new school year in September, it is our prayer and hope that other good-will individuals and institutions will think about helping the school and the kids, as the school mainly cater to under-privileged kids.

Kids sitting in class before the close of school

Kids sitting in class before the close of school

Most importantly, we are grateful to the Almighty God for carrying us through the period, as it was not an easy time, especially when it came to getting money to pay our teachers. But we’ve made it through His mercy and grace.

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HLF Holds Parent-Teacher Association Meeting

In an effort to meet and discuss with parents and guardians about the government’s announcement that all schools in Liberia should close on July 31, our school organized a parent-teacher meeting on Sunday, July 19.

A cross-section of parents and teachers at the conference

A cross-section of parents and teachers at the conference

In the meeting, we discussed and agreed that the school should close on July 31, as pronounced by the government. We also discussed the promotional policy for the condensed academic year. The school informed the parents and guardians present that students with a semester average of 80% or above would be the only people to be promoted; however, the parents appealed to the school authority that the promotional average be at least 75%, which the school agreed to after a lengthy discussion on the issue.

Mr. Harry responding to a parent’s question

Mr. Harry responding to a parent’s question

The meeting was chaired by the Director, Mr. Paul Yeenie Harry.

Note: There will be another article about the actual closing of school as per the date agreed upon.

A parent making a comment during the meeting

A parent making a comment during the meeting

The Principal, Mr. Varney Gibson, making some remarks during the meeting

The Principal, Mr. Varney Gibson, making some remarks during the meeting

The Director, Mr. Harry, listening to a parent make a statement

The Director, Mr. Harry, listening to a parent make a statement