SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The majority of school children on St. Maarten are attending school online due to the effects of Covid-19. However, many students do not have access to the online classes because they do not own an appropriate electronic device. The Learning Unlimited Interact Club has been collecting monetary donations to purchase tablets and are receiving donations of used and new tablets, cell phones, computers, and headphones, which can then be repurposed as online learning devices for students in need.
Today the club donated 20 newly purchased tablets to the Catholic School Board at Sister Regina Primary School. “The Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten is very grateful to receive these devices. It will allow for 20 more students to take part in the online schooling. Not only for the students, but also for their parents and most definitely also for their hardworking teachers, this device will bring much relief, excitement and connectivity. These students will now be able to rejoin their classmates and teachers online and be an active participant in the daily online education program. It is very commendable to see the youngsters in the Interact Club working towards helping other youngsters in need on Sint Maarten,” said the Project Manager of the Catholic School Board, Tanja Frederiks.
These donations were made possible with the help of Klass Electronics and the following donors: Lydia Gumbs, Christian Holfinger, Linda and Jim Gray, Janet Robertson-Morton, Joy Mario and Andrea Bartlett, La Vista Beach Hotel, Topper’s Restaurant, Lisa and Benjamin Sweetman, Marni and Michael Catani, Sharon Finch, and Nada Mathew.
“We are so grateful to those that have donated to this worthy cause. We are asking the community to please contribute. These children all deserve an education and our club’s goal is to give as many children the tools they need to attend online school as quickly as possible. Our club is committed to fundraise for this project throughout the school year.” said Interact President, Drake Daboul.
How can you help get our children back to school? Please send your used devices or donate to support this worthy cause where we can purchase used or new equipment for these children in need of education. Every $90 in donations can allow us to purchase a new tablet, complete with SIM card capability and a case for children that otherwise will go without education this year. Every dollar helps us to reach the goal of all children having an opportunity to receive education in St. Maarten.
Monetary donations and used or new tablets, phones, computers and headphones can be dropped off at:
Domino’s Pizza - Bush Rd. & Cole Bay
Topper’s Restaurant - Simpson Bay
Shopper’s Stop - Philipsburg
Foundation Catholic Education Head Office - Cul De Sac