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Ensuring meals for Secondary School students

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Ensuring meals for Secondary School students

A non-profit organisation dubbed MRI 6/Friends of Jazz is making sure that some secondary school children have something to eat while at school. Towards this end, two members of that group, Keith Boyea and Andre Iton, handed over $36,000 to eight institutions last Wednesday, during a brief function at the National Public Library, Kingstown. Morna Green collected $6,300 for Intermediate High School. Deputy Head Mistress of the Girls’ High School Athelia Caine-Soleyn received $5,400 for her school.  Kaskie Miguel took care of Union Island’s $5,000 cheque as well as that of $2,000 for the Student Support Services of the Ministry of Ministry of Education which caters to students who are not performing well because of academic or behavioural challenges. Curtis Greaves received $5,000 for Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia, and Ronald Child accepted $4,500 for Georgetown Secondary School.  Nicole Glynn did the honour for the Bequia Community High School which picked up $4,300. Cheryl Shortte served as the Buccament Bay Secondary School representative which received $3,600.  MRI6 was formalised in 2009 after a loose group of philanthropic-minded professionals took responsibility for maintaining the CT Scan (machine) purchased in 2009 by the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – then the National Commercial Bank (NCB), now the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (BOSVG). MRI6 raises money to aid its causes by staging an annual all-inclusive fete referred to as Carnival Escape. Top date, funds raised have been used to assist the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, Special Olympics, and the Society of/for the Blind.  This year the focus is on “support for the youth segment of our population,” according to Iton. He looks at this year’s contribution as having a “positive impact for some of the most vulnerable students.”