Mannings Magazine      Scholarships Available in Cuba     'Ode to Washi' 

Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 13:22:33 EST
Subject: Thanks From Angie Finlayson!

I had some free time, so what did I do?
I checked the computer to see if I'd heard from you!
I use to walk out to a box to retrieve mail.
But I'd rather get it instantly, than wait on the snail!

Checking my e-mail is always fun!
I usually get a joke or greeting from someone.
I feel so blessed because on the other end,
I know I've connected with a friend!

When I've had a hard day and need to share,
Here I can find a friend who will listen and care.
And to this friend I hope I've let them know
That I am always there for them also!

Isn't it a strange kind of bond we form?
It isn't exactly like the "norm"!
But where is it written, face to face we must be,
For you to be a very good friend to me??

That little joke or note, or just a simple "Hi",
Could be like a ray of sunshine from the sky!
So my E-Mail Pals, this is dedicated to you,
For all the smiles you have made anew!

May our friendship continue to grow,
And the warmth we feel continue to flow!
Always remember this...
A smile is such an easy thing to pass along the way,
Like a ray of summer sunshine,
On a somewhat gloomy day!!
Thank you for being my E-Mail Pal!!!

Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 14:50:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: camoi gregg
Subject: article

Why No Manning’s School Yearbooks?

I have seen and heard about Manning’s School magazines
that were printed in the past. These magazines were
compiled and printed each year with the co-operation
of students, teachers and sponsors.
     They contained inserts from students and informative
articles about the events that took place during the
school year. There was also mention of achievements by
students. Some will known accomplishments were the
excellent performances in cricket, track and field and
schools challenge quiz.
     There were jokes, games and of course, advertisements
about the kind sponsors. As in all yearbooks there
were pictures, of simple school life captured on
camera. Pictures of students playing chess, listening
attentively to the teachers, eating at lunch and
naturally, a picture of each graduating student and
each class.
     When I look through past school magazines, I can’t
help but ask myself, “why is there none today?” It is
an insult to recent past, and present Manning’s school
students  being deprived of such a valuable and
memorable item. I am personally disappointed that as a
year 2000 graduate I do not own a yearbook.
     I am living in the 21st. century and my high school
does not issue a yearbook. It is unacceptable! In past
years there were yearbooks, so why not now? Is it that
the teachers are not willing to aid with the
preparation? I am more than positive when I say,
“there are, or will be students in each year group
more than willing to help, put together a yearbook.” I
was one of those students willing to help getting it
together but unfortunately we were informed it was too
late to start.
     In my opinion preparation is key. If students and
teachers start gathering sponsors and articles from
about January of each year it should be successful. If
it worked in the past it should work now.
     I am truly disappointed in my high school for not
allowing me the luxury of having tangible memories of
some of my best yeas. It is a loss to each student who
graduates from high school without a yearbook.
     I urge the heads of departments, of year groups, and
especially the principal to make a difference and try
to bring back something worthwhile to students today.
                                             Camoi Gregg.

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From: "Tomlinson, Anton [IT]" <>
Subject: FW: Cuban Medical Scholarships
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 10:09:26 -0400

You may find this helpful


Subject: Cuban Medical Scholarships 

August 7, 2001

Cuba Extends Free Scholarships to the 
Latin American Medical School

The island nation of Cuba is offering 500 free scholarships
to American students for full medical training. Fidel Castro
extended the offer to a visiting delegation of the
Congressional Black Caucus after hearing Rep. Bennie
Thompson (Democrat from Mississippi) tell of the high 
infant mortality rate and lack of medical access in the
impoverished Delta Region.

IFCO, (Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizing),
is organizing the project. Each successful applicant will
receive 6 years of medical training, tuition, textbooks and
room and board. The criteria for applicants are that they
are economically disadvantaged, and will provide healthcare
where it is most needed.

Currently there are eleven American Students taking
advantage of the program. Nadage, age 25, is a Haitian
immigrant who lives in Florida with her parents and 7
brothers and sisters. She relayed "We've never had much. I
know my parents had to sacrifice to get medical care. My
lifelong dream has been to open a free clinic for those who
can't get health care. This opportunity to study medicine in
Cuba makes my dream possible."

Students begin their training with 12 weeks of intensive
Spanish language instruction. Then they embark on two years
of study at the Latin American Medical School, followed by
transfer to one of the 21 other Cuban Medical schools. Upon
return to the U.S., licensing requirements include one year
of study in an American school and passing of a licensing

There are 4,000 students from 24 nations of Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean currently studying at L.A.M.S.
Over 2,000 Cuban graduates of the program are providing
health care in 57 underserved countries. I.F.C.O. is
organizing an informational tour of Cuba's Medical System
for late November. This trip will give parents and students
an opportunity to learn about Cuba's highly developed
healthcare system. Cuban scientists have international
patents on 66 pharmaceuticals. They have developed a vaccine
for Hepatitis B, and have discovered monoclonal antibodies
that help prevent organ transplants from being rejected.
According to InfoMed Director Pedro Urva, Cuba has 1.8
scientists for every 1,000 inhabitants. There are 222
research centers with over 34,000 employees.

Yet the 40-year U.S. trade embargo of Cuba continues to
cause shortages of medical supplies. IFCO, in conjunction
with the MLK Memorial Center of Cuba, has delivered 11
"Friendship Caravans" of supplies to Cuba. Their mission is
to "educate people and challenge the blockade". Our Cuban
foreign policy, dictated by right wing factions in Miami 
and Washington, is one of economic punishment of the Cuban
people for maintaining a Socialist government. Yet Cuba is
still able to make great strides in the areas of "green
medicine" and "green energy" -- non-polluting alternatives
that do not damage the ozone layer. Towards this end, IFCO
is donating solar panels, VCR's, T.V.'s and computers in
their next shipment.

These medical scholarships could be of great use to our
Capitol Region students. Rev. Lucius Walker, Director of
IFCO, describes the free medical scholarships as "a modest
beginning to a revolutionary and visionary idea." IFCO,
through donations from supporters, will bear the expense of
administering the program, interviewing and recommending
students and paying travel expenses to and from Cuba.

To find out more about the November trip, or to get an
application for a scholarship, please contact IFCO at the
National Office, 402 W 15th St., NY, NY 10031. Phone #
212-926-6842, email  <> .

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 08:04:42 EDT
Subject: Ode to Washie...


Don't know if you remember Washington Powell from my Mannings graduating 
class of '85.  He died on Independence day and will be buried this Saturday.  

'Ode to Washie'
by  Cheddy

Full of energy and ever ready to run a mile, 
Makes a joke of everything with a wry look and smile;  
That's how I'll remember him, with burnt tips in his hair,
Never with a frown or for that matter a tear.

Gone Wahsie but never forgotten,
Friends of '85 will keep your memory ever alive;
We'll miss your smiles and laughter,
But we'll see you, for sure, in the hereafter.

It's not much but it's how I remember Washie. God grant him grace and rest 
his soul in peace.

Take care,