San­dals Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship Hold­ers help pre­pare Pri­mary School for New Term

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Anum­ber of San­dals Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents joined sev­eral team mem­bers from San­dals Re­sorts in Saint Lu­cia last week, to help with paint­ing and re­pairs at the Marc­hand Com­bined School ahead of stu­dents re­turn­ing for the new school term.

San­dals Foun­da­tion, the phil­an­thropic arm of San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, sup­ports 17 chil­dren on schol­ar­ship at vary­ing lev­els of sec­ondary and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. While some of these stu­dents will grad­u­ate from the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege at the up­com­ing 2018 grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, ten of the younger ones will en­ter third form at their sec­ondary school of choice. Many of these stu­dents would have achieved over 80% at the Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion, there­fore qual­i­fy­ing for the San­dals Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship.

These stu­dents took time out from their sum­mer va­ca­tion to vol­un­teer for a two-hour clean-up and lunch-table paint job at the Marc­hand Com­bined School, one of the three schools that have been adopted by San­dals in Saint Lu­cia.

In ad­di­tion to teach­ing and ex­pos­ing the stu­dents to the value of com­mu­nity ser­vice, the ex­er­cise is also an in­vest­ment in life skills for these young peo­ple. Par­ents of two of the schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents also took time off their jobs to work along­side them in or­der to give back to the com­mu­nity.

One of those par­ents, Ms. Ti­tiana Boyce, said, “This was very im­por­tant to me. I asked for the day off and I was able to get it, be­cause I like to be in­volved with the things that my son is do­ing. He is a cadet and spent some time at a camp where he was learn­ing good skills. This was im­por­tant too, and so I am glad I was able to help.”

Mr. Moses Au­gustin also came to school to vol­un­teer with his son: “I want him to learn to do bet­ter and to help peo­ple. This is why I took the time off to come and work with him in the school. It is im­por­tant for him to do these things.”

Once the clean­ing and paint­ing was over, the stu­dents were trans­ported to San­dals Re­gency La Toc where they par­tic­i­pated in other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a table eti­quette ses­sion hosted by team mem­bers restau­rant man­ager Peter Moise and wait­ress Kath­leen Popo.

In ad­dress­ing the stu­dents over lunch, San­dals Re­gency La Toc op­er­a­tions man­ager Della John stressed on the im­por­tance of seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as they present them­selves. She used her own life story and rise through the ranks at San­dals to in­spire the stu­dents. In clos­ing, Christo­pher El­liott, gen­eral man­ager at San­dals Hal­cyon, im­plored the stu­dents to work harder through­out the term. He said, “Those of you who have schol­ar­ships are very for­tu­nate. You must raise the bar and per­form at your best.”

Stu­dents go back to school this Septem­ber.

Ex­cited par­ents, stu­dents and San­dals staff were happy to cre­ate a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere at Marc­hand Com­bined School.

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