Returnees make special kids feel special

By Seia Soloi ,

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The Director of the Samoa Returnees, Magele Vernon Mackenzie with the visiting children and teachers  of Aoga Fiamalamalama. It was a fun day of free haircuts, movies, refreshments and fellowship for the youngsters.

The Director of the Samoa Returnees, Magele Vernon Mackenzie with the visiting children and teachers of Aoga Fiamalamalama. It was a fun day of free haircuts, movies, refreshments and fellowship for the youngsters. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

As part of its community engagement last week, the Samoa Returnees at Vailima partnered up with the private sector to provide a fun day for Aoga Fiamalamalama pupils.

The Top Cuts Barber 684 was on hand to give free haircuts while refreshments were prepared by Scoops Ice Cream and Delights.

The 28 students, teachers and parents also got a chance to relax, watch movies and enjoy refreshments before their end of term activities. 

It was also a great opportunity for the students to explore an outside world away from classroom. 

Vernon Mackenzie, Manager of Samoa Returnees said that this outreach was for them to give back to the community in this case, Aoga Fiamalamalama

“We wanted the kids with special needs to feel special and to look handsome and beautiful for their prize giving on Friday before they take a break from this year first term and the upcoming Easter holidays. 

Danny Malala of Top Cuts Barber 684 and Brendon Stowers of Fiamalamalama School.
Danny Malala of Top Cuts Barber 684 and Brendon Stowers of Fiamalamalama School.
Students of the Aoga Fiamalamalama enjoying  the movies.
Students of the Aoga Fiamalamalama enjoying the movies.

“This is our way of saluting the amazing work of Aoga Fiamalamalama and their beautiful staff. 

“This has been done before, but our members wanted to give back to the community. We are humbled and honored to have them visit us, entertain us with their songs and dances and fellowship with our staff and returnee members.

Sese Patu, a teacher of Fiamalamalama thanked the Returnees for the opportunity for the students to visit spending their time away from school even if it wass just for one day.

“On behalf of our principal, staff and the students we want to extend our sincere gratitude to the Samoa Returnees for this great opportunity not only for the students but for us their teachers as well. This is so different from every day as we spend all our time inside the classrooms but this is a well worth visit for us all.

“The students enjoyed what they have been doing and we hope this initiative will continue in the future for the students to learn new things away from school.”

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