Scores of students from the Dennery Infant and Primary Schools received school supplies from a donation drive spearheaded by the Saint Lucia New York Consulate in collaboration with the Make it Happen Foundation and several contributors from the Diaspora. The supplies which include a plethora of items spanning crayons, bag packs, calculators and notebooks were officially handed over to the Principals of the schools on Wednesday 17th 2021.
Consul General of New York Alvin Landers who was the lead on the donation drive is himself a past student of the Dennery Primary school. In remarks that were read on his behalf, the Consul General expressed his gratitude to those who collaborated to make the donation possible especially during this challenging time. Saint Lucians, he noted, rose to the occasion with their countrymen in mind. Instrumental to the cause were, Alphonso Marquis of the Harford St. Lucian Lions Club, Racquel Prospere, Sally Etienne, The Saint Lucia American Association of Connecticut, The Saint Lucia Domino Club, The Lavish Crew members within the Hartford area and the Make it Happen Foundation.
Present at the handing over ceremony was Parliamentary Representative for Dennery South and Minister of Youth and Sports Honourable Edmund Estephan, Founder of the Make it Happen Foundation Mrs. Raquel Du Boulay – Chastanet, Sherol Francis Principal of the Dennery Primary School and Mary Flavien Principal of the Dennery Infant School.
“The Make it Happen Foundation is very pleased to be part of this initiative to help provide assistance to the Dennery Infant School with this donation of educational school supplies,” said Founder Mrs. Raquel Du Boulay – Chastanet. “We know that the 2020 and 2021 academic years have been particularly challenging for the children especially the younger ones for whom peer socialization is so important. We hope that this small gesture of support helps in some small way to make their journey a little easier.”
Parliamentary Representative for Dennery South and Minister for Youth and Sports Honourable Edmund Estephan expressed thanks to all concerned for the donation and used the occasion to remind persons of the importance of taking the COVID-19 Vaccine to save lives.
More than two hundred students are beneficiaries of the donation drive and work is ongoing on another donation.