The days of having meals without an appropriate space in which to sit and enjoy these meals will soon be in the past for students of the Dublanc/Bioche Primary School.
On Wednesday, April 21st the Hon. Member of Parliament for the Colihaut Constituency which includes Dublanc/Bioche, Catherine Daniel, presented a check of $6,000 to principal of the school, Joycelyn Joseph.
This check will go towards the completion of a lunch area at the Dublanc/Bioche Primary.
She said to students, “I asked your principal in what way I could help the school. One of the things I saw her doing was a lunch shelter and I came once and it was raining and you all were sitting outside on the concrete having your lunch and I found that was not too healthy nor was it a pleasant sight. My first [task] was to help provide materials totalling $10,000.”
The Minister, a former teacher, added that upon her next visit she saw the need to propel the project further. The cheque represents the final requirements for the shelter’s completion.
Addressing the handing-over ceremony, Principal Joseph says the school is thankful to Hon. Daniel who is no stranger to the Dublanc Primary.
She says the Minister is not only Parliamentary Representative for the area, she is also a friend.
“She has supported the school in many ways. She has also given me personal support so I am very happy that you are here. Even before Miss Daniel went into politics, she has also been a cheerful, giving, concerned person and I can attest to that.”
In an exclusive interview with GIS News, Principal Joseph gave insight into the conception of the project.
“The project started before my time; I only came here last year and the previous principal started the project with the foundation. I saw it was a real need so we decided to pursue that.”
She added that parents, staff and students alike have all made meaningful contribution to the project through a series of fundraising events and personal donations.
She says the Student Council is particularly excited about the project.
“Our student council has also made a donation: they made popcorn and ice pops to sell,” she said with a smile.
The project, which commenced last November with the $10,000 contribution of materials from Government, is expected to be completed by the end of the school year for use in September 2015.
Hon. Catherine Daniel is also the Hon. Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.