By Benjamin Flowers
This week Scotiabank donated $20,000 to Living Hope Preparatory School in support of its feeding program. The donation is the culmination of a $60,000 pledge made to the school, over the last three years.
Patrick Andrews, Vice President and Managing Director of Scotiabank, said that Scotiabank honors its strong commitment to education and healthcare. “We believe in providing students with the tools and skills they need to reach their full potential within our communities.”
Francis Calacayo, the school’s principal, accompanied by Reverend Natalee Bowen, the school’s manager, received the cheque on Wednesday at Scotiabanks’s Belize City branch. Calacayo told The Reporter today that the schools’ feeding program has been running for almost 10 years, catering to the needs of students of lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Meanwhile, this year, to complement its healthy eating and living program, the school will introduce a garden project. “By growing fresh produce for the school’s cafeteria, student’s awareness of environmental and health issues is improved,” said Reverend Bowen. The gardening program also aims to foster stronger networks among Living Hope Preparatory School, students and the community.
Living Hope is a not- for-profit school that caters to at-risk youths, and students with literacy issues. It enrolls students from ages 12 through 21, serving as a second chance porgram for older students who wish to continue their education. Its new location is Maskal Street on the south side of Belize City with an enrollment of 30 students and has two teachers on staff.