Smithtown Marine Science Teacher – Ly (Kimberly) Williams – took the time to collect and donate uniforms to the children of Masese this past March. They traveled to Uganda with former Assistant Superintendent, Delia Garrity and her husband Dr. Peter Garrity. The Garrity’s travel to Masese twice a year with the assistance of an organization called Help International. Their mission is to help educate teachers, bring educational supplies and build schools.
For the past several years, Ms. Williams goes through all of their athletic uniforms that are no longer being used and she packs them up to send for the children in Uganda. Ms. Williams states: “One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had was the first time I saw the children of Masese wearing Southside soccer uniforms. The smiles on their faces said it all. They were so proud of their uniforms and the fact that they all matched. Most children only have a few articles of clothing so team uniforms are such a luxury to them, something that most of us take for granted. As you can see by the photos attached, the very proud girl’s soccer team is all smiles and their confidence shows. On a side note, both pictures are of the girls team. The girls wear their hair cropped very short so that they resemble the boys. It is much safer for them when they are in the village and traveling to and from school alone.”
This small act of kindness has made a huge difference in the lives of children that you will never meet, children that are very proud to be called Team Smithtown!