GT Primary School restarts grants

The Parents and Teachers
Association of George Town Primary School has restarted a grant programme that
helps former students move on to their next level of education.

School principal Marie Martin
explained that the PTA had been giving the grants to past pupils for several
years to further their education, whether to move on to high school, to A-levels,
or university.

“The grant was first started in
2004, but we could not do it last year because of the economic situation and we
spent money on school lunches instead,” said Ms Martin.

This year, however, thanks to
donations organised by the local charity, the Lean on Me Committee, lunches and
uniforms for children in need are being provided, freeing up the grant money to
be spent again on the ongoing education of former students.

The Self Help Foundation has
donated $500 to the PTA to add to its grants, which are given to children who
move on to George Hicks or John Gray High Schools and from there onto
third-level education.

Ms Martin said the first student to
receive the grant, Joanna Jackson, graduated in 2004 and is now studying a
degree in education in the UK, which she will complete in 2011.

JC Connor, CEO of the Self Help
Foundation, urged parents and the community to get involved and to play an
active role in the schools in Cayman.

“Please get involved. Your children
will get more out of their education if you’re seen supporting the school.

“We all need to work together for
our children’s future, now more than ever, so please make yourself a regular
visitor,” he said.

The PTA carries out regular
fundraising activities to raised money for the education grants.


JC Connor of the Self Help Foundation, presents a cheque donation to Kate Marnoch, vice chairperson of the George Town Primary PTA.
Photo: Norma Connolly