Last month, students of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) vacation camp Getting a Head Start at Success 2019 at the Success Laventille Secondary received back to school basics as part of the Digicel Foundation’s Community Engagement Programme.
The camp which started nine years ago was initiated by Naika Thornhill, a former teacher of Success Laventille, who together with other committed teachers saw the need to create a conducive environment whereby remedial learners can receive individual tuition and a more positive approach to learning.
This year, 36 incoming Form One students participated in the PTA vacation camp under the theme Getting a Head Start on Success. The focus of these classes were the introduction of subjects for the upcoming school year and preparing the students for the transition into secondary school, which can be a daunting experience for some.
At the end of the camp, Digicel Foundation’s project co-ordinator, Diana Mathura-Hobson, was on hand to make the presentations of the much needed school supplies to the students on behalf of the Digicel Foundation.
The Digicel Foundation Community Engagement Programme is a small grant programme that offers funding in the amount of $10,000 for the completion of small scale projects.
Since implementation in 2017, 26 organisations/projects with over 4,000 people have benefitted. They are: Alta, New Beginnings Learning Centre, Strategic Learning and Special Institute, the Water Front Relief Centre, The Flood Victims Relief, the Centre for Socially Displaced Persons, Smiling Faces Learning Academy, Prose Reading Competition, Germination Farms, Care Helpers Association, Living Water Community, Centre for Socially Displaced Persons, Just Because Foundation, Martin’s Children Christmas Party, Seniors Homes across T&T and the Black Panther movie viewing in T&T.