The presentations were made on Monday

The Melissa Skerrit Foundation, through its Adopt-a-Child/Back to School program, has provided school supplies to 160 students, with over 70 of them also receiving scholarships for the new academic year 2017-2018.

The supplies and scholarships have a price tag of $100,000.

The presentations were made on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at the Arawak House of Culture where students from pre-school all the way up to college benefited from the assistance.

The foundation’s founder, Melissa Skerrit, who is also the wife of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerit, said that the initiative came from her interactions with persons from various communities and hearing their plights of having to keep their children from school because of their inability to meet the expenses.

This, she said, was unacceptable.

“The past three years saw this program extend scholarships and vital school supplies for over 1,000 students from the pre-school, primary school, secondary school, and at the college level. I have also visited the homes of many of you here today. During these times I observed that some of you kept your children home due to your inability to provide them with breakfast or a snack, and this, to me, was unacceptable,” Skerrit stated.

She commended partners such as Petro Caribe and citizenship by investment (CBI) specialist, Montreal Management Consultants for their support of her vision.

“I have to be thankful to my dear friends of Montreal Management Consultants, the benefactors to the school feeding program, for embracing my vision and coming on board with no hesitation. Your generosity has truly impacted the lives of the children and I do hope that this will encourage other companies here and abroad to continue to help build a better nation,” she said.

She added that beneficiaries received school bags filled with school items including composition books, scientific calculators, geometry sets, art kits, stationery kits, juice bottles, and writing pads.

Skerrit noted that the ‘Adopt-a-Child/Back to School’ program will be expanded to reach out to more students and provide even more valuable items such as text books, school uniforms, and to eventually be able to fully adopt a school.