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bmobile donates benches to Santa Flora school

Friday, December 27 2013

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Life lesson: Students of Santa Flora Government Primary School read a message,
Life lesson: Students of Santa Flora Government Primary School read a message, "Be Glad for Friends Who Do Well", one of many sayings that can be foun...

Students of Santa Flora Government Primary School will enjoy new park benches when they return to classes in January, thanks to telecommunications provider TSTT, through its Blink Vigilance/bmobile services. The presentation was made to the school on December 7, the company announced in a statement.

“Positively contributing to the development of the nation’s youth is of major importance to blink | bmobile. These new benches will allow the students to participate in extra-curricular activities in a comfortable environment” explained Malika Moore, Product Manager — Public Relations and Internet Marketing, BLINK Vigilance.

The school’s furniture had become dilapidated over the years, reported senior teacher Juliet Lalbeharry.

“There was a dire need to replace furniture that had finally broken down with age, the children could hardly wait until the paint was dry to try out the benches,” Lalbeharry said.

She noted that five benches grouped under some trees, and another grouping sheltered by the walkway, would be places for the children to have their lunch, socialise with each other, and to hold outdoor poetry and reading classes.

The benches also provide physical comfort to the students while beautifying the school which President Anthony Carmona attended as a boy.

Principal Pamela Bissessar was impressed with the artwork on the benches.

“I love the messages being depicted on the park benches. They are indeed inspirational and will enhance values we are trying to inculcate in our students,” Bissessar said, noting the messages were in keeping with the Values, Character and Citizenship Education Programme that now forms part of the primary schools curriculum.

The messages are written on both sides of the benches. For example, the front of one bench reads: “Respect One another” while the back says: “To be kind is more important than to be right.”

Another bench advises: “Be Glad For Friends Who Do Well” while the back says: “Don’t make someone else feel bad so you can feel better.” The third pair of messages reads: “Your Greatest Wealth is Your Health!” and “Eating healthy foods can be fun after all.”

The fourth message pairing states: “Be Active, Be Healthy, Be Happy” and “Fun comes not only in winning but in finishing.”

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