The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Imag­ine hav­ing to stand in the cor­ri­dor or hav­ing to sit on the ground or even the stairs to have meals on a daily ba­sis. This has been the un­com­fort­able re­al­ity of the Sir Ira Sim­mons Sec­ondary School stu­dents for sev­eral years. The two di­lap­i­dated lunch ta­bles which were meant to cater to the pop­u­la­tion of over 620 stu­dents were hardly ad­e­quate. Thanks to the Su­per J IGA Unity in Com­mu­nity pro­gramme, the school has ben­e­fited from fund­ing and man­power from CFL vol­un­teers to build twelve lunch ta­bles which will al­low the stu­dents to sit com­fort­ably dur­ing break and lunch pe­ri­ods and in­ter­act with their peers with ease.

Though sev­eral great projects were sub­mit­ted from Cas­tries, the lack of proper sit­ting fa­cil­i­ties out­side the class­rooms of a school as large as the Sir Ira Sim­mons Sec­ondary was sig­nif­i­cant enough to draw the at­ten­tion of judges of the Su­per J IGA Unity in Com­mu­nity pro­gramme.

The twelve newly-built lunch ta­bles were of­fi­cially un­veiled dur­ing the school’s spe­cial In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, themed “the Jour­ney”, on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 19.

School Prin­ci­pal Mrs. Marie Ge­orge-Ar­lain ap­plauded CFL for be­ing a model cor­po­rate cit­i­zen say­ing, “My vi­sion for our school is for it to be one of the lead­ing schools on is­land. I think that by im­prov­ing the over­all learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment with projects such as this one, we are mak­ing learn­ing more con­ducive for our stu­dents. Thank you CFL for shar­ing in our vi­sion and bring­ing us one step closer to this dream.”

The cer­e­mony was a very sig­nif­i­cant one not only for CFL as a com­pany but for two of its staff mem­bers who vol­un­teered on the project. Marvin Demille and Christo­pher Clercin, for­mer stu­dents of the Sir Ira Sim­mons Sec­ondary School who are cur­rently em­ployed at Su­per J IGA Wa­ter­front, were present for the un­veil­ing. For them, it was a proud mo­ment, hav­ing worked dili­gently on this project which will make the school set­ting more com­fort­able for the stu­dents of their alma mater.

CFL’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Martin Dorville thanked the teach­ers and stu­dents of the school for al­low­ing CFL to be part of their jour­ney. “You have been thank­ing us but we are the ones who should be thank­ing you to­day. When we started the Unity in Com­mu­nity pro­gramme our mission was to not only bring about change in the com­mu­nity but also to in­spire oth­ers to do the same. I am ex­cited about this jour­ney, es­pe­cially when I see the unique col­lab­o­ra­tions which have been forged be­tween var­i­ous busi­nesses in Saint Lu­cia as a re­sult.”

Mr. Dorville also noted the part­ner­ship which the school had de­vel­oped with Blue­print Con­struc­tion Ltd who of­fered guid­ance and built the lunch ta­bles for the school at no cost. As a re­sult of the sav­ings the school is now able to re­fur­bish their Math­e­mat­ics Lab.

“Com­mu­nity out­reach is al­ways a good thing and be­ing a fairly re­cent grad­u­ate my­self, I saw this as a prime op­por­tu­nity to give back to the younger ones and the wider com­mu­nity. I am happy that our in­put means that the school now gets even greater value out of CFL’s $10,000 con­tri­bu­tion by un­der­tak­ing two projects,” noted Eli­box, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Blue­print Con­struc­tion Limited.

CFL Man­ag­ing Direc­tor helps stu­dents to cut rib­bon.

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