The Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union (GUTCU) has awarded 133 students who were successful in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).
The students were recognized at a ceremony held last week Friday at the Horizon Plaza Emporium Building on St. John’s Street, St. George’s.
GUTCU handed out a cheque for school supplies and a savings voucher to the students.
Communications Manager of the credit union, Camille Goddard explained the rationale behind the two different awards given to the students to start the new school year in early September.
“One part being the cheque for school supplies to assist students in preparation and also we have seen it fit to provide a voucher for the students to start saving”, she told the awardees.
“It is never too early to start saving so each recipient today in addition to the parents receiving a cheque to assist with the school funds, each child will get a Smart Saver account if you do not have one as yet or if you have one, you’ll get a voucher to add money to that account to help you to get in the habit of saving and we want to encourage you to make use of that,” she said.
The Communications Manager congratulated both the students and parents for the strides they continue to make towards education.
“Your presence here is evident of the hard work that both you as parents and your children would have put to take them through this journey to meet their education but we are pleased as a Credit Union as we continue to support our members in various ways”, she said.
“…We understand the importance of helping to improve their education… we take our commitment to parents to members and to this nation very seriously. So we want to applaud all of you children here today to remind you that this is only the beginning and we hope that you would continue to work hard and make your parents proud,” she added.
Chairperson of GUTCU’s Education Committee, Florina Thomas who also addressed the ceremony pointed out that the CPEA grant programme is something dear to the Credit Union.
“GUT Credit Union is a family, so when your children succeed it’s our success too…all of us belong to the same Credit Union so it’s a pleasure this morning to hand out these awards. This programme is not done by chance, members are our priority and so we have many programmes that were targeted to better the lives of our members, this is only one of the programmes…”, she said.