A number of schools within the parish of St. George will benefit from stationary supplies as part of a joint initiative between the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Town of St. George constituency group and friends of the NDC in New York.
NDC candidate for the Town of St. George, Attorney-at-Law Claudette Joseph visited Wesley College and the nearby St. George’s Methodist School at Queen’s Park, to make the first handover of supplies on behalf of the NDC Constituency Branch within the Town of St. George.
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY, Joseph, who is also a former school teacher said, the items, which included pencils, erasers, notebooks, rulers, crayons, colouring books among others are late in coming as they were expected on island in time for the new school year in September.
However, she said it is still a delight to be able to provide much needed assistance schools.
“We (NDC town of St. George constituency branch and NDC friends in New York) pulled our resources together and we purchased some school supplies. They were a little late in coming (because) we hoped to have (had) them in time for the opening of the new school year but that didn’t happen so they are here now and we are going to do this in at least five other schools in St. George,” she remarked.
In making the presentation to the St. George’s Methodist School, the NDC caretaker engaged the students in a short motivational pep talk and spoke of the NDCs commitment to making Grenada “a better place for everybody, especially for you (students) the future of the country.”
Attorney Joseph who is vying to become the next Member of Parliament for the Town of St. George in the upcoming general election, urged the school authorities to make the best use of the items and to ensure that the neediest students benefit from them.
“We trust that the schools would find the students most in need to give these supplies to and we know they would be put into good use”, she said.
“We want to see all of the students in and around the Town of St. George excel and this is our gesture in making sure that they have the materials that they need,” she added.
Other schools to benefit from Joseph’s kind gesture include the JW Fletcher Secondary School, St. Louis RC Girls School, St. George’s Anglican Senior School and the Park View Pre-school.
Joseph is locked in battle for the constituency against another attorney-at-law and former MP for the Constituency, Peter David.
Her opponent won the seat in 2003 and 2008 as member of Congress but is now a member of the ruling New National Party (NNP).
David and a number of his followers were expelled from NDC in 2012 at the height of a power struggle with then sitting Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.