Students, government officials, teachers and Sagicor staff gathered at the George Town Primary for the launch of the insurance company’s Adopt-a-School initiative on 19 October.
As part of the programme, about 300 students at George Town Primary will benefit from a yearlong commitment by Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands. The commitment is valued at US$15,000.
The undertaking is being called a “landmark initiative” by organisers, which will support sports and education programmes at the school.
“The Cayman Islands is one of Sagicor’s biggest subsidiaries and as part of the company’s corporate and social responsibility, we have endeavoured to support each of the seven primary schools in Cayman for one year; starting with George Town Primary,” said Branch Manager Norman Wilson.
He said breakfast for some students was also a concern.
The programme will take seven years to affect all primary schools, as each will receive attention for one year. In her remarks, George Town Principal Mary Martin thanked Sagicor for adopting George Town Primary.
“We are pleased to welcome Sagicor into our family. This is a great example of corporate responsibility and we hope our relationship will continue, as we are always eager for partners, especially with the socioeconomic challenges we face. Let’s obliterate the negative and enforce the positive, because all children have the potential to be great.”
She said dreams can become a reality at the school because of Sagicor.
Remarks were delivered by Housing Minister Mike Adam on behalf of Premier McKeeva Bush, who was unable to attend.
He told the audience initiatives such as Adopt-a-School make Cayman a better place.
“No one asked them to do it or sold them the idea,” read Mr. Adam from the Premier’s prepared remarks. “They have not only contributed materially in this regard, with computers, sporting equipment and such but the company’s employees will also mentor and participate in school activities,” the minister said.
Reading from the Premier’s remarks, Mr. Adam said this is the kind of support of which we need to see more. He said innovation can always be found at George Town Primary, and he knew the best use will be made of the funds by the school’s principal.
“There is so much to be gained when students have the opportunity to interact with productive and caring adults in their community,” read the Premier’s statement.