PAULETTA JONES, administrator for the Alpha Boys' Home, has said she is grateful that the institution will be receiving much-needed assistance from the Reach 4 More Initiative.
Reach 4 More is a yearlong initiative aimed at providing underprivileged students from inner-city schools with all the required textbooks in every grade.
The launch of the Reach 4 More Initiative was held on Monday at the Alpha Boys' Home in Kingston.
"We knew that when we opened our school (Reach Academy) we needed three things, a great nurturing environment, fabulous teachers, and the tools for all the students to learn on an equal playing field. We were thinking about this and trying to find out how we could reach out and help the rest of our country. We needed to make sure that all of the students in Jamaica are receiving the same equal opportunity," Vanessa Khouri-Salazar, director of Reach 4 More, said.
"So we looked at the situation with textbooks in schools. Not all parents are able to provide them, as half of the parents from these inner-city communities are not able to provide books after paying their bills and sending these kids to school. It is very hard for them to provide all the money needed for these books. We knew this was our calling," Khouri-Salazar added.
The programme aims to provide all these students with an equal opportunity to learn as they will have access to the same materials. The textbooks will be donated to the school and will be distributed to the students at the beginning of each school year. At the end of the school year, all textbooks will be returned to the school to be used for the next group of students.
"Our finance from the Government is not as much as we want, so, based on the aspect that we have to buy books, uniforms and other accessories, getting someone to partner with us and provide these textbooks, especially knowing the cost, is an immense offer, and we are very grateful," Jones told The Gleaner.