A month before the back to school rush, the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) is giving back to the community with its 2019 backpack initiative.
Each year the company aims to assist students in the best way possible, and this year is no exception.
“Looking at the needs that are out there in the community, we believe that these 10,000 bags are going to have a tremendous impact in helping parents get their kids ready for back to school,” said Managing Director Allen Albury.
The company is not only giving out bags, but lucky students will receive school supplies as well.
“These bags are equipped with pens, rulers, pencils, sharpeners, and books,” according to Vice President of Operation and human resources Fredricka Sturrup.
Tyrone Mitchell from the company’s operations department said, “We were looking for the best quality, the best material, something that is durable and will last a year, just the best product that we can find.”
The company is partnering with Kiwanis International and Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas for the project. Both organizations will be in charge of distribution of the bags throughout communities on New Providence, as well as the Family Islands.
President of Kiwanis Club in Fox Hill East Nassau Anithra Lunette Cartwright said, there is a great need for school supplies.
“The reality is that these kids come to school every day and they don’t have what they need,” said Cartwright.
Assistant Governor for Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas East Mario Smith agreed, stating that the students’ families will welcome the relief of not having to purchase the items for the new school year.
“… Especially those communities in the Family Island, where the economy isn’t doing too well. I think that those students and the parents in those communities will be very appreciative,” said Smith.
Distribution is set to begin at the end of July.
This article was written by TAJARO HUDSON, Eyewitness News intern.