The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As many ush­ered in the new aca­demic year 20162017, Dig­i­cel continued its cor­po­rate good­will in Saint Lu­cia, through its Back to School Out­reach Pro­gramme. Team Dig­i­cel last week con­cluded this pro­gramme with in­tense is­land-wide school sup­plies de­liv­er­ies to over forty schools in so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally chal­lenged com­mu­ni­ties and un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents within schools. As part of this an­nual drive, Dig­i­cel staff and vol­un­teers fur­ther de­liv­ered back packs, note­books, lunch bags, pen­cil cases and ex­er­cise books to var­i­ous schools.

Ben­e­fi­ciary schools in the north­ern zone in­cluded Gros Islet Pri­mary, Monchy Com­bined, La Guerre Com­bined, Boguis Com­bined, Fond As­sau Com­bined, Babon­neau In­fant, Marc­hand Com­bined, Dame Pear­lette, Balata Com­bined and the spe­cial needs in­sti­tu­tions Dun­nat­tor and Lady Gor­don Op­por­tu­nity Cen­tre.

The team also tra­versed the east coat with de­liv­er­ies to Bexon Pri­mary, Aux Lyons Com­bined, La Re­source Com­bined, Den­nery Pri­mary and Mi­coud Pri­mary be­fore head­ing south to Pier­rot Com­bined, Grace Com­bined, Augier Com­bined and the Vieux Fort Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion.

Af­ter vis­it­ing Banse Com­bined School the team pro­ceeded to the La­borie Boys Pri­mary School where Prin­ci­pal Adrian Dacherville was de­lighted with the dona­tions. He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude say­ing, “Wow! You guys ar­rived just in time. I was get­ting ready to head to VieuxFort to get some ex­er­cise books to aid those stu­dents who are in need, so I must say I am in­deed grate­ful.”

Other schools re­ceiv­ing sup­plies were Pi­aye Com­bined, Saltibus Com­bined, Roblot Com­bined, Ri­vere Doree Angli­can Pri­mary, Du­gard Com­bined, Re­union Com­bined, Les Es­tangs Com­bined, Soufriere In­fant, Soufriere Spe­cial Needs, Bou­ton Com­bined, Mil­let In­fant, Anse La Raye In­fant, Roseau Com­bined and Ca­naries In­fant as well as the Cri­sis Cen­tre and re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Dig­i­cel took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to this year’s Back to School Out­reach Pro­gramme with the in­cor­po­ra­tion of a com­pli­men­tary break­fast ini­tia­tive. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pine­hill, Dig­i­cel pro­vided stu­dents with a free break­fast for the open­ing of the new school year in both the north and south of the is­land. All chil­dren at­tired in school uni­form were pro­vided with a nour­ish­ing meal to en­sure they got the per­fect start to their day. Dig­i­cel also pro­vided free back to school bus rides to as­sist par­ents with trans­porta­tion fees.

“At Dig­i­cel we be­lieve in fos­ter­ing holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple and very crit­i­cal to that de­vel­op­men­tal process is ed­u­ca­tion. Our Back to School Out­reach Pro­gramme has, over the years, helped trans­form fam­i­lies, schools, com­mu­ni­ties and, of course, the lives of those who di­rectly ben­e­fit­ted. From the schol­ar­ships dis­burse­ments, to our school feed­ing ini­tia­tive, free back to school bus rides, recog­ni­tion of the is­land’s Top Com­mon En­trance Achiever right up to our school de­liv­er­ies, we un­doubt­edly saw the im­pact this pro­gramme con­tin­ues to have. The level of grat­i­tude ex­pressed by teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents them­selves tells of how timely the dona­tions have all been. Prin­ci­pals, es­pe­cially, con­tin­u­ously lamented the num­ber of stu­dents who stayed away from school as a re­sult of not hav­ing school sup­plies. Our hope is that through this trans­for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tion jour­ney we can help stu­dents tran­scend to higher lev­els in all as­pects of their lives,” stated Miss Louise Vic­tor, Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel.

The gen­eral pub­lic also took ad­van­tage of Dig­i­cel’s Back to School com­mer­cial of­fer for 2016, ‘Bring the Beat for Back to School’ with eight lucky cus­tomers each ben­e­fit­ting from a $500 cash prize and an ad­di­tional two hun­dred win­ning back packs loaded with school sup­plies.

Ec­static kids all across the is­land!

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