More than 18,000 basic back-to-school items, including colourful backpacks, hardcover books, calculators, lunch bags, pencils and pencil cases and water bottles, have been provided to various groups by Digicel in recent months.
In a release, Digicel noted that the Standpipe community in St Andrew and Cheapside Basic School in St Elizabeth were two of its recent recipients of back-to-school help.
Lenworth Cunningham, organiser of a back-to-school treat in the Standpipe community, and his wife Shelly, said they were pleased to receive back-to-school items from Digicel for the community's back-to-school treat.
"I was very elated to receive the back-to-school items from Digicel because there are kids in the community that are less fortunate," Cunningham said.
Floyd Green, a St Elizabeth native, is also hosting a back-to-school treat for children in his community with items received from Digicel.
"Cheapside is in the community that I grew up and I was looking around and I saw that a need existed among the parents and students of Cheapside Basic School," said Green. "This influenced me to host a treat in the community for the very first time to prepare the children and parents for the upcoming back-to-school period."
satisfying requests for help
Requests for back-to-school items started pouring into Digicel's office as early as January of this year and for the past three months the telecommunications company has been distributing the requested items.
Tahnida Nunes, senior sponsorship manager from Digicel, in commenting on Digicel's response to the back-to-school requests, underscored the importance of supporting the back-to-school activities during this period.
"We are in tough economic times and things are becoming increasingly expensive, but it's still very important to ensure that our children, are equipped to learn," said Nunes. "We all need to rally behind them because an educated nation is one poised for greatness."