The District of Sainte-Croix received a donation of 250 backpacks filled with school and safety supplies, courtesy of the Holy Cross Christian Church, as part of the church’s efforts to continue its service to children, a announced the VI Dept. of Education.
According to the statement, district program and education director Pedro Parrilla accepted the donation on behalf of the district from Pastor David Claeys in a brief ceremony held at the Curriculum Center on October 29. Ten of the schools in the district will receive 25 backpacks each, in an effort to provide supplies to students in need.
âWe were just trying to be a blessing,â Claeys said of his church’s decision to donate. He explained that in light of the church’s Jericho Road Project after-school program that was not working this school year, the congregation wanted to help the students in some way. Shortly after the decision to donate the backpacks, Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty called and offered their support.
âThey called and wanted to partner with us to provide the backpacks,â Claeys said. “We just wanted to be a blessing to the community, and I hope that helps.”
Each bag contains three shirts, loose paper, glue stick, ruler, crayons, crayons, pencil sharpener, ear plugs, mask, and hand sanitizer.
Parrilla thanked Claeys for the charitable donation.
âOn behalf of the Office of the Island Superintendent and the District Office of Programs and Training, we would like to thank you for this gracious donation,â he said. âThe church has always been seen as a pillar of the community and the school as the other. So having this partnership is very important. Thank you on behalf of the children of the Virgin Islands.
According to the statement, the Holy Cross Christian Church plans to continue supporting schools in the district through additional donations when the need arises.
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