WRHA awards $740,000 in book grants
The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has presented book grants valued at $740,000 to children of staff, who will be starting high school today.
The children, who performed well in the 2016 Grade Six Achievement Test, received $10,000 each to help in their school preparations. At the presentation ceremony held at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay last week, Regional Director of the WRHA, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, urged the students to continue to do well in their schoolwork.
"You hold the future of this country in your hands and you carry its future in your book bags," he said. WRHA Board Director, Sheona Muschett, congratulated the students and wished them continued success.
"Funding the cost of back-to-school is always very stressful for parents/guardians. Therefore, the support given today by the WRHA plays a crucial role in helping these caregivers to assist their children to do well academically ... and thereby reach their full academic potential," she said.
The students are from the parishes of St James, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland that comprise the WRHA. The presentation of the book grants involved partnership with IGL Limited.