The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Teach­ers and stu­dents of the Des Bar­ras Pri­mary School now have more cheerful sur­round­ings thanks to the staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank.

Each year the CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Adopt-ACause Pro­gramme fo­cuses on im­prov­ing a facet of our lo­cal com­mu­nity through the ac­tiv­i­ties cho­sen by the em­ploy­ees of the bank. Over the past few years the pro­gramme has fo­cused on schools, en­hanc­ing their en­vi­ron­ments to fa­cil­i­tate more com­fort­able learn­ing.

“The Adopt-A-Cause Pro­gramme is a very im­por­tant ini­tia­tive for the bank as it al­lows us to in­ter­act with our com­mu­ni­ties one-onone. We look for­ward to this cam­paign ev­ery year, and it is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for our staff who par­tic­i­pate in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, this time around in the lives of the stu­dents who at­tend the Des Bar­ras Pri­mary School,” said the bank’s Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa JamesWil­liams.

“Our book drive was an im­mense suc­cess with a num­ber of em­ploy­ees do­nat­ing books that will en­hance the read­ing abil­ity of the stu­dents, as well as open­ing up a world of pos­si­bil­ity with new and in­ter­est­ing sto­ries. We car­peted the school’s li­brary with new floor mats from wall to wall in hopes of cre­at­ing a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for the chil­dren to read, and also bright­ened up the school’s ex­te­rior with a fresh coat of paint,” she added.

This is the first time the Adopt-A-Cause pro­gramme has in­cluded the Des Bar­ras Pri­mary School. Other schools that have ben­e­fit­ted in the past in­clude Augier Com­bined School, Ba­ban­neau Sec­ondary School, Bocage Com­bined School, Fond St. Jac­ques Pri­mary School, Grande Riv­iere In­fant and Pri­mary Schools, La Croix Maingot Com­bined School, Sal­va­tion Army Preschool and Day Care, Soufriere In­fant School and Vide Bouteille Pri­mary School.

Vol­un­teers en­gaged in paint­ing the school.

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