I think that Mighty in Character means we should work harder for our goals in life. When I grow up I want to get a job, and it's possible because I work for that goal.

Crystal Elliot, Student, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." – Albert Einstein. The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation is an organization geared towards community development. It will in the near future assist students financially to acquire a better education. Youngsters will benefit by gaining skills that will enable them to be more productive and allow them to become well rounded in life.

Miss Frances Steer, Former Head Teacher, Mount Waddy Primary School, Friendship, Jamaica

Educational Assistance Programs

Focused on Michael's own primary school in Friendship, Jamaica, the Educational Assistance Program is joined by Miss Inez Hawthone, Principal of Mount Waddy Primary School.

The Foundation will provide assistance with tuition fees and the provision of educational resources to deserving students to enable them to meet their financial obligations throughout their educational pursuit from elementary through college, thus removing financial barriers to achievement.

Teachers at the school will also benefit, as the Foundation provides educational resources to include, but are not limited to, books, computers, printers etc. so that teachers can enhance their teaching and the students have a competitive platform from which they are technologically up to date in their quest for knowledge.

"There is a distinct difference between intellect and intelligence. Intelligence, I believe, cannot be learned - it is more innate. Intellect, however, can be learned." - Michael A Folkes