Back-to-School fund established for Mount Salem students

September 04, 2017
Contributed Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right), greets a young resident of Mount Salem in St James during a tour of the zone of special operations in that community on Sunday. Looking on are Attorney-General and member of parliament for West Central St James where the community is located, Marlene Malahoo-Forte.

A special back-to-school fund has been established for needy students in Mount Salem, St. James, where a zone of special operations (ZOSO) is in effect.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the fund will ensure that every single child in the community is registered in school.

He said it will assist students having challenges with back-to-school expenses, including the cost of school identifications (IDs).

“We will be able to give support to the parents to ensure that ... if you don’t have a bag, shoes, lunch money ... we can and will assist to get the children in school,” he said.

He said the funds will be allocated based on information provided by guidance counsellors, who will communicate with the zone commanders and the social agencies, which will distribute on a needs basis.

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This student greets a soldier in the community of Mount Salem, St James, where a zone of special operations (ZOSO) is in effect.

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