Water Authority supports after-school program

George Town Primary School’s Positive Intervention Now after-school program is the beneficiary of a $1,000 donation from the Cayman Islands Water Authority.

The money will go toward daily overhead cost of running the program, as well as materials and equipment needed for the children’s project.

The program, now in its sixth year, was developed by the Education and Youth Committee of St. George’s Anglican Church to focus on one-on-one attention, instruction, guidance and positive reinforcement that helps children to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. Marlene Ricketts, program coordinator, thanks the Water Authority for its support. “Private sector contributions to youth programs such as ours always have a positive impact in building our communities,” she said.

“The program has been doing very well. We cater to 15 students, sometimes up to 17. We try to do with the children such things as sewing, trips, cooking, pottery, art and displaying good table manners. Volunteers help with homework and reading to the young people on a one-on-one basis. Their input has made a significant impact on the success of the program,” Ricketts said.

Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, the Water Authority’s director, said she is pleased to support the after-school program as it provides a safe and healthy environment and encourages positive reinforcement to the children and their families.