The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

School can be pretty chal­leng­ing and, with the con­tin­u­ous pres­sure to do well, a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment not only makes learn­ing eas­ier but also in­creases pro­duc­tiv­ity and cre­ativ­ity.

Dur­ing the rainy sea­son and on rainy days it be­comes a prob­lem for the school com­mu­nity at the Grande Riv­iere Pri­mary School to move from one build­ing to another as there is no con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the build­ings. This hin­ders many an ac­tiv­ity as well as the ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tion of the school.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant and the support of the CFL vol­un­teers, this will soon change for the Grande Riv­iere Pri­mary School which is the Zone D win­ner of the Unity in Com­mu­nity Pro­gramme.The con­struc­tion of a walk-un­der roof to con­nect the two build­ings which house the Grande Riv­iere Pri­mary School will make life eas­ier for the par­ents, teach­ers, stu­dents and com­mu­nity groups who use the school.

Last week CFL vol­un­teers, ac­com­pa­nied by of­fi­cers of the Babon­neau and Gros-Islet po­lice sta­tions, car­pen­ters from the Na­tional Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, plus par­ents and teach­ers could be seen hard at work on the school premises - hand-dig­ging holes for the col­umns, ty­ing steel, mix­ing con­crete and be­gin­ning the cast­ing work.

An elated school prin­ci­pal, Mauri­cia Fran­cis, says she was touched by the dis­play of self­less­ness and com­mit­ment to this project by CFL. She said, “When we learned that we were the win­ners of Zone D in the Su­per J Unity in Com­mu­nity Progamme, we were very ex­cited. The walk-un­der roof is a project that my teach­ers have been speak­ing about and thanks to the $10,000 grant from CFL and the added vol­un­teer support, it will now be a re­al­ity.”

CFL’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Martin Dorville, who led the vol­un­teer team says that when the Unity in Com­mu­nity Pro­gramme was cre­ated, the in­ten­tion was to add value to the lives of peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties across Saint Lu­cia. “The Grande Riv­iere School project is a per­fect ex­am­ple of Unity in Com­mu­nity, with CFL vol­un­teers work­ing to­gether with par­ents and teach­ers of the school, peo­ple of the com­mu­nity as well as the Po­lice. We came to­gether and put our hands and hearts into this project. This shows how much we can achieve when we com­bine our ef­forts. When this project is com­plete, the smiles on the faces of the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially stu­dents, will be worth the sweat and aching arms which such ac­tiv­i­ties bring.”

Su­per J IGA’s Unity in Com­mu­nity Pro­gramme con­tin­ues to make its mark in com­mu­ni­ties cross Saint Lu­cia by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial support and vol­un­teer ser­vices to projects geared at en­rich­ing lives and im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The Pro­gramme was launched as part of CFL’s tenth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. It places em­pha­sis on com­mu­nity build­ing through vol­un­teerism.

The fi­nal zone, Castries (Zone E), was launched at the start of Oc­to­ber and the fi­nal date for pro­pos­als to be sub­mit­ted to CFL is Mon­day Novem­ber 3rd.

CFL vol­un­teers with po­lice of­fi­cers and

Grande Ri­vere School prin­ci­pal.

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