Raheem Sterling scores big for Maverley - Students at football star’s alma mater to be gifted with Clarks shoes
'Brand new Clarks pon foot,' are what the students of the Maverley Primary and Infant School will be wearing this new school year courtesy of community icon and football star Raheem Sterling.
The United Kingdom shoe brand, Clarks, will be gifting pairs of its Wallabees line to students attending Sterling's alma mater, celebrating its partnership with the Manchester City player. Having learnt of the initiative, parents are already gushing in anticipation.
Stephanie Spence, who currently has two children attending the school, told THE STAR that she would be spared the burden of purchasing footwear for her children.
"Right now that is the best gift my children could get because I am not working at the moment. So to hear that they would be getting free shoes will save me money to contribute to the booklist and buy them some food or sumpn," said Spence. "Clarks is good shoes too so it will serve them for a while. So whole heap a thanks to Raheem, me really appreciate it."
Another parent, Nordia Richie added: "It's a good thing because normally back to school is hectic and some parents can't afford it, so assistance will mean so much. I didn't even buy shoes for my son yet and now he is gonna get a free pair, plus it is a Clarks."
Maverley Primary and Infant is situated in the inner-city community of Maverley, St Andrew. It caters to 340 students, most of whom live in Maverley or neighbouring communities.
Principal Dorothy Taylor said she is elated that a "son of the soil" has sought to give back.
"The fact that Raheem Sterling, a son of the soil and a past student of Maverley, has remembered his alma mater is a great blessing. His connection with Clarks International to provide pairs of the renowned footwear for students is amazing," she said. Taylor added that students receiving shoes will also ease the financial strain for parents.
"Most of our students are from various single parent households. There is a high reliance on PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) as well as welfare programmes undertaken by the school with the assistance of sponsors," she said. "There have been shouts of joy from parents and children alike as this wonderful gesture has helped to reduce back-to-school expenses especially in this pandemic."
Since Clarks made the announcement via its Instagram account two days ago, Taylor said there has been an outpouring of love for Sterling.