Hundreds of students benefit from Le Antonio treat
More than 200 students from within Montego Bay's inner-city areas benefited from the Le Antonio Foundation annual back-to-school treat and book drive, held at the organisation's Homework and Development Centre at its Barnett Lane, Montego Bay, base on Monday.
The youngsters were treated to a fun-filled day, with free back-to-school packages, including books, school bags, pencils and other educational supplies. They were also provided with refreshments.
The event also featured a live outside broadcast with Barrington 'Barry G' Gordon of Mello FM.
Three medical doctors, Ucal Thompson, Jacqueline Chambers and David Brown, also provided free back-to-school medical checks for 28 students. The Professional Eye Care organisation also conducted free eye testing and provided prescription glasses at no cost to those in need.
Three students benefited from scholarships - Le Antonio's Foundation, Mello FM and The Suzette Brown scholarships.
The audience was entertained by reggae artiste, Roland Burrell and singer Chris DeMontaque, as well as the Montego Bay Boys and Girls' marching band.
Sponsors of the event include The Gleaner Company, National Commercial Bank Foundation, Samsung, Sangsters Book Stores, Lloyd's Department Store, Di Foto Shoppe, Jackos Auto, among others.
The Le Antonio's Foundation is a voluntary organisation working to assist needy children and adults with attaining better levels of education and job training.
It was founded by chief executive officer of Le-Antonio's Roofing and Construction company, Antonio McKoy. Among the organisation's objectives is to increase access to information in learning through large-scale distribution of in-kind donations of new and used books and other educational materials.