Students residing in communities in proximity to Caribbean Cement Company Limited received much needed support with their back-to-school expenses with an investment of $2.3 million in book vouchers.
The company procured a total of 117 vouchers each valued at $20,000.
At a brief ceremony at the company’s sport club in Kingston on August 17, Managing Director of the Rockfort-based entity, Yago Castro, urged the students to exercise care of the books.
“I really want to encourage you all to take good care of the books. Don’t destroy them. Read them carefully, read them slowly. There really is no rush,” he said.
The handover of the vouchers form part of the company’s social impact programme, which endeavours to foster a deep connection within the communities, supporting their economic development, and striving to improve their livelihoods.
In response to receiving the book vouchers, St. Hugh’s High School for Girls student, Brielle Bailey, expressed gratitude to the cement company for helping to offset back-to-school expenses and for investing in the education of the students present.
Carib Cement also provided support to the MultiCare Youth Foundation to support their social intervention programmes, which target underserved youth.