(EMU) – St. Kitts, October, 22, 2015: West Zone Primary Schools in St. Kitts and some Primary Schools in Nevis were the recipients of school bags and supplies this week. The donation came from the St. Kitts Nevis National Association of Washington. The Association is comprised of nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis who reside within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area of Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia, and whom have deemed it fit to give back to their Nation with their Annual Back Pack Drive. The ceremony was held on 21st October at the Curriculum Development Unit. On hand to receive and accept the donation were the Deputy Prime Minister also the Minister of Education Hon. Shawn K. Richards, the Chief Education Officer; Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Chief Education Planner on Nevis; Dr. Neva Pemberton and several other Ministry of Education officials and personnel including Principals and students from the schools receiving the back packs and school supplies.
In his acceptance remarks Hon. Shawn K. Richards stated, “Thank you to the Association and its members for their generous donation throughout the years and not forgetting their roots and giving back to the youths of the Federation.” He assured the students, “You are being blessed with these items today and I urge you to take good care of them, this is a tremendous burden lifted off of your parents and for that I am sure they would be appreciative.”
The Chief Education Officer echoed the Ministers gratitude and added that, “The work of the Association is on-going and not just a one-time partnership and for that we at the Ministry are truly appreciative. We need partnerships for continuous growth and I want to commend the Association for not forgetting where they came from.”
The Association is comprised of an eight member Executive board which was revitalized four years ago after a period of dormancy and since then embarked on their Back Pack Drive. In 2014 selections of primary schools on the East Side of St. Kitts with some from Nevis were the recipients. This year, the West Zone and some schools in Nevis were the recipients of the supplies. The Association has pledged its contribution to the primary schools of the Basseterre Zone and Nevis for the donation in the next school year.