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  • Eighty students from 10 inner-city communities in Montego Bay were on Monday (September 7) presented with back-to-school supplies by the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) branch in St. James.
  • The students, who attend primary and high schools, received bags with exercise books, pens, pencils and other items valued at $150,000.
  • The beneficiaries are drawn from the communities of Anchovy, Cambridge, Adelphi, Flanker, Lilliput, Canterbury, Granville, Salt Spring, Mount Salem and Norwood.

Eighty students from 10 inner-city communities in Montego Bay were on Monday (September 7) presented with back-to-school supplies by the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) branch in St. James.

The students, who attend primary and high schools, received bags with exercise books, pens, pencils and other items valued at $150,000.

The beneficiaries are drawn from the communities of Anchovy, Cambridge, Adelphi, Flanker, Lilliput, Canterbury, Granville, Salt Spring, Mount Salem and Norwood.

PMI St. James Administrator, Garfield McGhie, told JIS News that this is the 8th consecutive year that the entity has been providing back-to-school assistance to students in the parish.

He said while the level of support was scaled back this year, due to lack of funds, the beneficiaries were nonetheless very appreciative.

“There are a lot of communities with persons, who do not have the resources to buy the bags and the books and even the pencils and pens and sharpeners and rulers that we put in the bags,” he noted.

Mr. McGhie said the PMI will continue to provide support to students from the inner-city communities in order to ensure that they remain in school and stay away from gangs.

“There are times when we see people not being able to send their kids to school because of a lack of resources. If that child is out of school…then that child becomes an easy recruit target for gangs,” he pointed out.

 

A number of the students, who benefited from the back-to-school support expressed gratitude.

Davian Malcolm told JIS News that he was very happy, as his parents were finding it difficult to purchase a new school bag and the basic supplies.

He pledged, on behalf of the other students, to work very hard to ensure that the investment by the PMI is not wasted.