Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Rico’s Foundation of Desruisseaux awards grants to excelling students

Tasha Phillip of the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (left) receiving her cheque and school supplies

Tasha Phillip of the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (left) receiving her cheque and school supplies

The Rico’s Foundation of Desruisseaux, Micoud has awarded two students of the community who have done well academically.

They each received $500 along with school supplies.

They were awarded at the Rico’s grant ceremony, held in Desruisseaux yesterday, Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Addressing the ceremony, Vernette Sinaise, a member of the foundation which was founded by Aymar Sinaise, said: “To start, we will be providing two grants to kids of socio-economic disadvantaged families with students who are excelling in school. We will also distribute some school supplies to kids in need as well.”

She said the foundation, which was formed in August 2020, was established to give back to struggling kids and families in the community, adding that such an initiative has been embraced by residents.

“Our goal is to continue expanding the number of grants we provide and help as many families as possible,” Sinaise said.

Vernette Sinaise

Sinaise said that she is a firm believer that they should continue to reinvest in the youth in the community.

Lydra Chiquot, in her motivational speech, exhorted the students to set goals and ensure that those goals are what they want and not what their friends or parents want.

She said the students first need to ask themselves the question: “What do I want in life?” which will enable them to know that they need to set goals.

“Those goals need to be SMART. They need to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely,” Chiquot said.

She also encouraged them to use the power of positive thinking: “Always ensure positive vibes. Leave the negative vibes out and believe in yourself.”

She reminded the students that there will be setbacks in life, but they should not give up.

Chiquot urged the students to always reflect on what they do.

“Always take some time to think of the process you went through and make adjustments when necessary. These are very important,” she said.

She also called on them to seek professional help whenever the need arises.

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