STUDENTS living 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 Thursday, managing director of the Rockfort-based entity Yago Castro urged the students to take care of their books.
“Don’t destroy them. Read them carefully, read them slowly. There really is no rush,” said Castro.
The handover of the vouchers formed 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 the livelihoods of the residents.
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 its social intervention programmes, which target underserved youth.