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Grace Primary reaching out to the community

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The faculty, staff and students of Grace Primary School reached out for support from Belize City residents, through “Street Fest,” a fundraiser to help prepare the school’s new campus for operations in September.

The event featured live music from the school’s steel pan band, food, drinks and children’s games. Mirna Shepherd, the school’s principal, explained that while the school is receiving support from the Belize Social Investment fund, with the construction of the building, the burden of filling the yard, and building a fence falls in the school.

The new campus is scheduled to be inaugurated on Wednesday, May 10.

SIF broke ground on the Grace Primary extension in August of 2016.

The new building is a single-story reinforced concrete structure measuring 121 feet long and 31 feet wide, complete with four classrooms, male and female bathrooms, teachers’ lavatory, administrative space, and an access ramp to accommodate students/visitors with diverse abilities.

The building, which will house standard 5 and Standard 6 students, will also be equipped with reinforced aluminum-louvered windows, security grills and timber doors, bringing the total value to approximately $562,300.00,

The Caribbean Development Bank provided funding through a loan, with counterpart funding from the government.

The school also provided approximately $30,000 as counterpart funding.

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