The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Kin­der­garten­ers at the ABC Fun­house Preschool in Augier re­turn to school in Septem­ber to ad­di­tional play­ground re­sources, as CIBC FirstCaribbean con­tin­ues to sup­port the preschool through its Adopt-A-Cause Pro­gramme.

ABC Fun­house caters to the early child­hood learn­ing needs of ap­prox­i­mately 60 tod­dlers from Augier and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the bank and the early child­hood learn­ing cen­tre be­gan last year when it re­ceived gar­den land­scap­ing en­hance­ment de­signed to en­rich the out­door ex­pe­ri­ence for the preschoolers in time for the new school year.

On Fri­day Au­gust 18th, 2017 the school re­ceived ad­di­tional sup­port which Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ms. Elsa Joyeux de­scribed as “not just play things but very use­ful tools for the chil­dren's men­tal stim­u­la­tion and for in­ter­pret­ing the en­vi­ron­ment around them, and how they in­ter­act with it.”

Through CIBC FirstCaribbean's Adopt-a- Cause Pro­gramme em­ploy­ees are en­cour­aged to iden­tify and rec­om­mend groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools in need of a help­ing hand. They then play a di­rect role in an­swer­ing that need not only with fi­nan­cial sup­port but also by vol­un­teer­ing their time, where pos­si­ble.

“We con­tinue to main­tain a strong fo­cus on our coun­try's youth at all ages and stages of their devel­op­ment. Whether play­ground toys for a preschool or in­tern­ships for ter­tiary school leavers, we see it as a di­rect in­vest­ment in the hu­man cap­i­tal of our coun­try, which will bear div­i­dends in the fu­ture,” said Coun­try Man­ager, Ladesa JamesWil­liams.

The bank main­tains a keen in­ter­est in part­ner­ing with learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tions with a youth devel­op­ment man­date. Last month the Sal­va­tion Army, with the bank's sup­port, made con­sid­er­able strides in up­grad­ing its preschool and day­care fa­cil­ity to at­tain op­er­a­tional bench­marks for early child­hood learn­ing set by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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