Des Bar­rass Com­bined School Re­ceives More Sup­port from CIBC FirstCaribbean

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Stu­dents of the Des Bar­rass Com­bined School are en­joy­ing their re­fur­bished school, parts of which have ben­e­fit­ted from work car­ried out by the em­ploy­ees of CIBC FirstCaribbean. Em­ploy­ees at the fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany ral­lied to­gether to re­fur­bish the ex­te­rior and li­brary of the school as part of its Adopt a Cause Pro­gramme.

The Adopt a Cause Pro­gramme is the bank’s an­nual ini­tia­tive where em­ploy­ees iden­tify groups, or­ga­ni­za­tions’, schools or projects within their com­mu­ni­ties that they are pas­sion­ate about, and are in need of as­sis­tance. The em­ploy­ees then get to­gether and work to­wards mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity, and as a re­sult, be­come more in­ti­mately in tuned with the needs of their com­mu­ni­ties, and en­rich­ing the lives of those in need.

Over the years the pro­gramme has contributed to­wards a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools in­clud­ing Augier Com­bined School, Ba­ban­neau Sec­ondary School, Bexon In­fant School, Bocage Com­bined School, Camp La­jwa Project, Ca­naries In­fant School, Fond St, Jac­ques Pri­mary School, Grand Riviere In­fant and Pri­mary Schools, Gros Islet Soup Kitchen, La Croix Main­got Com­bined School, Mar­ian Home, Mon­gouge Adult Day Care, Na­tional Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Na­tional Coun­cil of and for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties, Roseau Com­bined School, Sal­va­tion Army Preschool and Day Care Cen­tre, Soufriere Hos­pi­tal Pae­di­atric Ward, Soufriere In­fant and Pri­mary Schools, and the Vide Boutielle Pri­mary School.

For 2016, the Adopt a Cause Pro­gramme saw the re­fur­bish­ment of the Des Bar­rass Com­bined School which in­cluded bright­en­ing up the school’s ex­te­rior with a fresh coat of paint, as well as adding new car­pet in the school’s li­brary room. A book drive was also held among em­ploy­ees and books were added to the up­graded li­brary. In ad­di­tion to the re­fur­bish­ment, CIBC FirstCaribbean re­cently made a do­na­tion of XCD$ 5,067.64 to the school, which Prin­ci­pal, Mr. Ezra Joseph noted will be used to in­stall a drink­ing foun­tain for the stu­dents and per­form some needed re­pairs to the school’s roof. He added that since the re­fur­bish­ments, there has been an im­prove­ment in the read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents. “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to CIBC FirstCaribbean; due to the im­prove­ments they have made, the stu­dents spend more time read­ing in the li­brary as they are now more com­fort­able and en­gaged there”, he noted. Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa James-Wil­liams, noted that, “Adopt a Cause is an ini­tia­tive that is very near and dear to our hearts at CIBC FirstCaribbean. Our em­ploy­ees are very in­vested and hands-on when it comes to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the re­la­tion­ship we have fos­tered with the Des Bar­rass School. In the com­ing weeks we plan to en­gage in an­other Adopt a Cause ac­tiv­ity, this time in Vieux Fort. Our goal is to be im­pact­ful in as many com­mu­ni­ties through­out the is­land and in this vein we wel­come sug­ges­tions and ideas for fu­ture Adopt a Cause projects in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.”

Stu­dents, staff, prin­ci­pal of the Des Bar­rass Com­bined School with CIBC FirstCaribbean Coun­try Man­ager.

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