FIVE students of Maxfield Park Primary School in St Andrew will benefit from dancehall artiste Aidonia’s recently launched One Voice Foundation.
The organisation has committed to providing one student with a $200,000 grant for their high school duration. Four other students will receive $20,000 book vouchers.
Details of the gesture were announced last Friday at the school’s Langard Avenue location.
According to acting principal Annette McDonald, the student with the highest grades, best attitude and overall behaviour from grades one to six, will qualify for the grant.
The initiative is the brainchild of Monica Lawrence (grade one co-ordinator) who is Aidonia’s (real name Sheldon Lawrence) mother.
McDonald told the Jamaica Observer that past students have helped the school in times of need, but Aidonia’s programme is the most ambitious.
“This is an inner-city school and sometimes the children are in need financially. This is a very grateful gesture and it will offset some of the cost for books and tuition when these children reach high school,” she said.
Aidonia said it is something that he always wanted to do.
“We’ve wanted to do this for the past couple of years. We want to look out for the youths because they are the future. We want to show them the right things to do to make a better Jamaica,” he said.
The 33-year-old Aidonia exploded onto the musical radar 10 years ago. He is known for hits such as Tip Pon Yuh Toe, Run Road and Fi Di Jockey. -Kevin Jackson