FROM THE INTERIM PRESIDENT
MRS. ADELAIDE WILSON (NEE HUNTER)
CLASS OF 1967
My dear FSSGians, it is with great pride and joy that I welcome you to this beautifully
crafted medium of communication. On behalf of the Freetown Secondary School For
Girls Alumni Association (FSSGians Alumni Association), Washington Metropolitan Branch,
I welcome one and all to our New and Improved Website: http://www.fssgianalumnidmv.org
This site was launched in July of 2016. I would like to take this opportunity to
say thank you to our web builder, Ms. Francetta Strasser-King for doing such a wonderful
job. We are happy to be able to share some of our proudest moments with the rest
of the world via this website.
Our branch which was founded in 1988 by a small group of ex-pupils in Maryland has
expanded over the years to about 70 members mostly from the Maryland, Virginia, and
Washington DC area, with a few from other states such as North Carolina and Florida.
Membership is open to all FSSGians in the United States of America, but especially
to those in the Washington Metropolitan area, and those living in areas where there
are no local branches. To be regarded as an active member, a FSSGian must fulfill
our membership dues requirement.
Our mission, in line with all other FSSGians ex-pupils associations is to work closely
with the Board of Trustees, the principal and staff of the school in Freetown to
enhance the academic and social activities of the school, and to maintain discipline
among its pupils.
As an alumni association we strive to:
1. Work in close cooperation with the board of trustees, the principal and staff
of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls for the furtherance of the academic and
social activities of the school, and the maintenance of discipline among its pupils.
2. Promote unity and cooperation among all ex-pupils of the school.
3. Engage in regular fundraising initiatives to further the educational achievements
of the pupils, improve the quality of the teachers and staff, and support, maintain
and enhance the physical facilities of the school.
4. Promote unity and cooperation between our branch and other ex-pupils/alumni associations.
In line with our mission and in support of the school, the association has undertaken
and continues to undertake numerous fundraising projects. These include our annual
thanksgiving service, dance, luncheon sale, picnic, and bus trip. Proceeds from
these events have been sent to the school, which has used the funds for a wide variety
of programs to benefit the school. Programs that have benefited from these fundraising
efforts include a contribution to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, payment of ancillary
staff during the Ebola crisis, scholarships to students based on financial need,
shipment of donated school furniture to the school, renovation and repair of school
facilities, school supplies for students, donation of prizes for Prize Giving Ceremony,
and payment of teachers’ salaries, among other things.
This year as we celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary, we are making concerted
efforts to promote our school while bringing to everyone’s attention the various
projects we have embarked on. Through out the year we will continue to raise funds
that are needed to sustain the school, since privatization is now a reality. We
have been given the green light by the government of Sierra Leone to proceed with
the privatization of our school. The school is now on a 3-year probation while all
stakeholders work out and implement a plan to assume complete ownership. This 3-year
probation period is critical to the future of the school. In that regard, we are
appealing to all FSSGians, friends, and supporters for your continued support.
I cannot end this message without thanking all those who have faithfully supported
us over the years. I want to say a special thank you to all of you. Without your
support (both moral and financial) we would not have been able to accomplish much.
We are indeed counting on your continued support as we work to make dreams come
true for thousands of young ladies who will have the opportunity to attend the school.
Together we can give the girls all that they need to be all that they can be. Thank
you and God bless you.