The Soufriere Primary School’s book collection has received a major boost, thanks to a Scotts Head born, US based, business man and his family.
According to Jeff Bellot, the donation, which was made at the school on Tuesday, took root when his family, who came to read aloud to the students two years ago, were told that the school was in need of more books for a library.
“Well this reality has become, unfortunately with no help or interest in the present Parl Rep( Parliamentary Representative) it made it very difficult to make this happen. However, with courage from God, my wife and members of my church, the local government from Waratosa, Wisconsin in the United States, we overcame all obstacles in the way and were able to make this project possible,” he said.
According to Bellot, his family strongly believes that the best way to help a community in need is to start by educating the youth and the children in the community.
“We believe if we can help the school with the library, it will encourage the kids in the community to read more, so then they can learn more and stay away from trouble,” he said.
“Our goal is to grow the library where our children can take books home on weekends and during school vacation so that they can continue to stay on top of reading. However, the bigger picture is to grow the library where we can have adult books as well, where people can keep reading, especially those who are getting older and are struggling in reading and writing,” Bellot added.
The Scotts Head native also mentioned the need for an adult education program and suggested that the name of the Soufriere Primary School be changed to St. Mark’s School, since it is the only school in the community.
Principal of the school, Ericson Degallerie, expressed gratitude for the donation, calling it a noble gesture.
“Hats off to the Bellot family. Certainly, what we have seen here today, is a very historic moment; something that we can all be proud of. And we know that education is key reading is fundamental if we are not able to read, it means that we can be considered useless,” Degallerie stated. “So this presentation here this morning, certainly will go a long way in enhancing our reading capacity, at the school. It will enhance our library, so that the students can have more books to take home, more books to interact with. And if we interact with books, we see the whole world without leaving our very country,” he remarked.
The more than 3000 books cost an estimated US$ 2500.