The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Boka Group founder and CEO, Mr John Kennedy and his wife were this week joined by Boka’s Car­ni­val Queen con­tes­tant, Kadi­jha Ma­son at the Ca­naries Pri­mary School to meet with stu­dents who have ben­e­fit­ted from the com­pany’s Food4Thought pro­gramme dur­ing 2014/15. The visit was part of their end of aca­demic-year re­view.

With the aca­demic year near­ing its end, John Kennedy called on school prin­ci­pals, teach­ers and stu­dents from Ca­naries and Bou­ton for an up­date on the ef­fects of Boka’s spon­sor­ship of the cost of par­ents’ con­tri­bu­tions for school lunches.

Boka Group, own­ers of the nearby Ma­haut Es­tate and Belvedere Plan­ta­tion, in­tro­duced the ini­tia­tive at the be­gin­ning of this aca­demic year and have urged other com­pa­nies and for­eign in­vestors to adopt a school on the Is­land.

The visit also pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to in­cen­tivise and sur­prise stu­dents with the an­nounce­ment of an un­ex­pected prize on the eve of the Com­mon En­trance exam. John Kennedy told the stu­dents:“We are here for feed­back on ‘Food4Thought’ but I have de­cided, on the eve of your Com­mon En­trance exam, that we will award a prize of a new bi­cy­cle to the best per­form­ing stu­dent in the dis­trict, for the boy or girl who achieves the best Com­mon En­trance re­sult this year. We have been joined by our Car­ni­val Queen con­tes­tant, Kadi­jha Ma­son, who will be able to tell you that you can achieve your dreams if you re­ally try.

“We want all of you to do the best you can; we want to re­ward the best achiever with this prize. Be­ing the best you can is your duty to your­self, be­cause ev­ery­thing you do has an ef­fect on some­one else, but re­mem­ber, the most pow­er­ful thing you have, to achieve your am­bi­tions, is an ed­u­ca­tion.”

John Kennedy shares a light

mo­ment with stu­dents.

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