BREAKFAST FOR ST. LUCY STUDENTS FROM CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SPEIGHTSTOWN
Twenty-four students of St. Lucy Primary School are now able to start the day with a healthy breakfast thanks to the staff at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
The Breakfast Programme was conceptualised after the school’s teachers noted that some children were either inattentive at the start of the school day or repeatedly complained of feeling ill until the morning break.
The caring teachers also recognised that some students were leaving home so early in the morning that they might not have had time for breakfast before setting out for school. Based on those facts, the Breakfast Programme was conceptualised, the school’s principal Charles Hinds explained.
The next step was securing the resources to make the programme a reality. Staff members of the bank’s Speightstown Branch heard about the project and recognised that it was a fit with the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause programme that allows employees to identify projects in their community of which they can be a part.
Coordinator of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause Programme for Speightstown, Ms. Patrianne Husbands said that studies linked eating a good breakfast to improved cognitive performance and achievement scores among students of primary school age. She added that CIBC FirstCaribbean was therefore happy to support the Breakfast Programme.
Mr. Charles Hinds expressed his gratitude to the CIBC First Caribbean team and especially to the Manager of the Speightstown Branch, Mrs Adena Vaughn and her staff for “enthusiastically agreeing to partner with the school to ensure that the students obtain the nutrition that would contribute to attentiveness and success in grasping the concepts being taught.”
“Our wish is that other businesses will partner with us to serve more students and undertake other projects such as refurbishing of the play park and providing chairs for the staff room,” he added.
Mr. Hinds also thanked parent, Mrs. Sophia Griffith and parent volunteer Ms. Lisa Cumberbatch, who prepare and serve the meals.