Book Bur­sary Pro­gramme Con­tin­ues

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to con­tinue the Book Bur­sary Pro­gramme for the new aca­demic year. The Pro­gramme will as­sist in­fant and pri­mary school stu­dents whose par­ents and guardians are un­em­ployed, needy or med­i­cally chal­lenged.

School Wel­fare Co­or­di­na­tor in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cyril­lia Lewis noted that de­spite the fi­nan­cial cost of the pro­gramme, in ex­is­tence since 2002, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion is com­mit­ted to en­sure that it can be sus­tained for years to come. “It is a pro­gramme that costs the min­istry more than $100,000 per year be­cause we pro­vide text­books for grades K to grades 6 and the cost of text­books in­creases every year.”

Each year more than fif­teen hun­dred stu­dents ben­e­fit from the Book Bur­sary Pro­gramme. The text­book dis­tri­bu­tion will take place at the St. Aloy­sius Boys’ R.C. Pri­mary School from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the fol­low­ing dates for the fol­low­ing dis­tricts: Au­gust 2 to Au­gust 5, 2016 - Dis­tricts Three and Four Au­gust 8 to Au­gust 12, 2016 - Dis­tricts Five and Six Au­gust 15 to Au­gust 19, 2016 - Dis­tricts Seven and Eight

Par­ents and guardians are ask to pro­vide the fol­low­ing: • Last year’s con­tract, if the child is con­tin­u­ing; • For a new bur­sary, the bur­sary form or let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion; • ID card of par­ent or guardian; • The child’s re­port book or a copy of the child’s aca­demic record for each term of the past school year; • The child’s book­list; • Rec­om­men­da­tion/re­fer­ral let­ter. Rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters may be en­dorsed by a School Prin­ci­pal, Wel­fare Of­fi­cer, Pas­tor/ Priest, School Coun­sel­lor, Fam­ily Court, Par­lia­men­tary Rep­re­sen­ta­tive or De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices.

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