Kids start with full tool boxes

2017-01-24 06:01
Learners at Easter Peak Primary School receive their stationery boxes courtesy of the #Grandwestgivesback project. PHOTO: CandiceLe Kay

Learners at Easter Peak Primary School receive their stationery boxes courtesy of the #Grandwestgivesback project. PHOTO: CandiceLe Kay

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At the start of the new academic year, learners of Easter Peak Primary School were surprised with boxes filled with stationery, courtesy of the #Grandwestgivesback project.

The school, based in Manenberg, was identified as a needy school by the corporate social investment department of Sun International, which owns GrandWest.

This is the first time that GrandWest has taken on a project like this with the school, and with the huge need among Grade R and Grade 1 learners, the team expressed their excitement in partnering with Easter Peak.

GrandWest runs various projects to benefit primary, secondary and tertiary level students. The stationery drives are seen as “only the beginning”, says the company’s social economic development manager, Heidi Edson.

Edson explains: “There was a need with the Grade R and Grade 1 learners. We wanted to make a huge difference in terms of the actual foundation phase. It’s not just talk, it’s from the heart, and we would like to see more of these pupils eventually coming and working for corporates like Sun International.”

In an opening speech, Easter Peak principal Ebrahim Joseph thanked the company, saying it will not go unnoticed.

Joseph, who also attended Easter Peak, took on the role as the principal in January last year. One of his aims was to figure out how to take the school forward.

Joseph saw that a lack of stationery was a big problem among learners, as some parents cannot afford the necessary school items. He got in touch with the GrandWest team and they were willing to help.

“One of the major problems at the school was the break-ins, so safety was one of my main concerns,” says Joseph.

“With continuous interactions with stakeholders, we try our best to make the atmosphere at school a bit better for learners with excursions, as well as getting more parents involved. This is a wonderful thing and I cannot put in words how grateful I am.”

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