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(PRESS RELEASE) – The new school term got off to a wonderful start for students of the Des Barras Combined School.
On Friday, January 5th ahead of the reopening of school, members of the Lightning Aquatics Swim Club (LA) made a donation of food items to support the school’s breakfast programme. Mission Possible: Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Child is the first in a series of activities under the club’s 2018 LA Brings Smiles initiative.
According to LA’s President Mrs. Tessa Charles-Louis, “In 2017 the club was informed of the plight of the school feeding programme in Infant and Primary schools in Saint Lucia. We were saddened to learn that daily thousands of children go without breakfast and sometimes lunch and that the schools do not have sufficient resources to assist.
With the Ministry of Education’s blessings we decided to partner with the Des Barras Combined School to provide breakfast for 25 students for the 2nd school term commencing January 2018 and ending March 2018”. She went on to say that Des Barras was selected because of its remote location and the possibility that they might not receive much support due to this factor.
The Principal, Mr. Ezra Joseph who received the items on the school’s behalf was most delighted and took the opportunity to express his sincere thanks to Lightning Aquatics for selecting his school. Mr. Joseph also said that one of the worst nightmares for a teacher is to teach students who have come to school on empty stomachs, as such he said this donation will certainly go a long way to remedy this problem.
Whilst the club is focused on enhancing the abilities of its swimmers and to provide opportunities to compete locally and regionally, it also committed to providing numerous opportunities which will ingrain in its members the importance of lending a helping hand to those most in need. For more information about joining or supporting LA please visit us on Facebook: ‘Lightning Aquatics Swim Club’.
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