Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – Continuing from a generous 2019, the SVGCA Inc. once again undertakes a purposeful project, which expands the reach of its social impact program. The first contribution of 2020 is the construction of whiteboards for the St. Clair Dacon Secondary School (SCDSS).
A request made by School Teacher Vanrick Williams found favor with the executive members of the national cricket body. Mr. Williams initiated and rationalized the project based on some challenges faced by students with chalk and realized that the whiteboards would be more conducive for both teaching and learning. The request was formalized by Principal of SCDSS, Mrs. Mona Green and SVGCA’s President, Dr. Kishore Shallow, in late 2019.
As a result, SVGCA Inc. embarked on the project to furnish the classrooms with whiteboards. The project planned for two phases has seen the completion of the first stage by the end of January 2020. This included eight classrooms furnished with whiteboards. The 2nd phase of the project will see six more classes completed by March.
President Dr. Shallow echoed that “the project is another effort to advocate the SVGCA’s policy of balancing education and sports. This school and community have been a nurturing ground of many elite Vincentian cricketers including the Mcleans and Josephs. We are quite pleased to be able to stretch our resources beyond cricket, especially where it facilitates holistic development and, which I am most certain would help to produce more exceptional players and citizens.”
Williams responded with gratitude to the SVGCA. “The principal, staff, and students of the St. Clair Dacon Secondary School wish to thank Dr. Shallow and the entire SVGCA for their generous contribution of the whiteboards… which would help to support the educational development of our students,” expressed Williams.
The project is valued at about $10,000 and is being done in collaboration with the contractor, Marcellus Constance.
In 2019, consistent with the SVGCA’s advocacy for education, five young cricketers were provided with financial assistance at the new school year. Also, last November, the SVGCA donated BBQ grills to St. Vincent Grammar School. And to celebrate the 40th Independence, the 2017 & 2018 Association of the Year recognized four young national sportspersons with awards valuing $1500 each.