July 21, 2006
McIntosh family connect kids

Semone and Luther McIntosh, throughout their professional lives have been catering to the needs of Vincentians in the areas of banking, telecommunications and entertainment, respectively. Today they are combining their strengths and are providing a service unlike any other in St.Vincent and the Grenadines as they bring to our shores the first after-school and drop-in centre.{{more}}

The institution called Connecting Kids, is the answer to the prayers of professionals and other parents who encounter difficulties on occasions as they are often left wondering where to leave their children as they try to fulfil their engagements. The task can even become cumbersome, and at times tedious, as parents have to keep the children on their job and take them to occasions that are not ideal for children.

In an interview with SEARCHLIGHT, Semone explained that parents need not worry any more.

Connecting Kids, located in the vicinity of the Girls’ High School, Haddon Hotel and Murray Heights at McKies Hill, opened its doors for business on Monday, July 17, catering to children between the ages 4 and 10 years and during school days between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The teachers will assist the students with their homework and set work for those who do not have any. Additionally, the children will be taught computer basics, will be allowed supervised use of the Internet and will be able to view educational cartoons and programmes in the DVD room. The students will also be taught tennis and dancing.

Currently, the institution is conducting a summer programme that will run from July 17 until September 1, from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. or thereafter until the last child leaves.

Parents who have not signed up for the school’s monthly programme but need a place to leave their children just for a few hours, or a few days can also contact the institution at 457-5437 or 492-5437 or e-mail

Semone said the idea to establish the after-school and drop-in centre was conceived three years ago.

As a mother, Semone has faced similar experiences that most parents are facing today. She recalled having to keep her daughter on her job.

“I’ve kept her at the office. by the time I finished working after six she’s tired and sleepy and is unable to do her homework,” explained Semone mentioning one of the motivating factors that prompted her and her husband to get involved with such a venture.

She said parents could rest assured that the centre will be opened all year round.