LIME Skool Aid, Gleaner partner for third year to assist GSAT achievers in need, committed teachers to benefit too
It's back for a third year.
Telecommunications firm LIME will be partnering with The Gleaner to provide well-needed assistance to five outstanding students in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test who beat the odds to secure their success.
Two grade-six teachers who have also managed to produce outstanding results and pass rates from their students, despite limited resources will also receive special assistance through this year's programme.
Each student will receive a grant of $30,000 to assist with back-to-school expenses while each teacher will receive a tablet along with $30,000 to assist with teaching aids for the upcoming year.
"Since the inception of this programme, we continue to be encouraged by the inspiring stories of the numerous young persons who have been highlighted and subsequently rewarded through the LIME Skool Aid/Gleaner Achievers project. These students continue to demonstrate grit and determination to achieve remarkable results despite their challenging circumstances," said Carlo Redwood, head of marketing, products & promotions, at the telecoms firm.
"We are also delighted to extend the project this year to include our teachers, who often make great personal sacrifices in ensuring that our children succeed. It really takes a village to ensure the success of our children, and we are happy to play our part in doing so. We continue to do this mainly through our annual back-to-school programme, LIME Skool Aid and, of course, projects like this," Redwood added.
The Gleaner has partnered with LIME since inception and has lauded the continued venture. Commenting on the success of the partnership, Gleaner News Editor Robert Hart said: "Since we began this project with LIME in 2013, we have been heartened by the response of both the students and our readers. We have also seen cases where readers both locally and in the diaspora have come forward to make personal contributions to the students that we highlight."
As is customary, Gleaner readers are being invited to submit their recommendations for students to benefit from this year's programme.
Nominees should have recently completed the GSAT examinations and secured a place in a secondary school in Jamaica. Submissions for teachers are limited to those who prepared students for the 2015 exams and will be going on to tutor students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Recommendations should be send to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the name, contact information and a brief synopsis of the circumstances of each student-teacher submitted.
The deadline for submission is August 21.
Skool Aid takes place on August 30.