CDB Assists Neighbouring Primary School

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The Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School, Pinelands, St. Michael, Barbados can once again provide printed materials for its 500-plus students thanks to a recent donation of a Xerox WorkCentre 5675 to the school by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CDB responded to a call from the school for a donation to replace their photocopier which ceased to function last month. Ms. Monica La Bennett, Deputy Director, Corporate Planning, CDB handed over the printer/photocopier to the Principal of the school, Mrs. Margaret St. Hill-Pinder on Monday, January 13, 2014 on behalf of the Bank. Principal, Mrs. St. Hill-Pinder thanked CDB for its generous donation, while Science Teacher and Fundraising Coordinator, Ms. Cherilyn Christie noted the Bank was the first organisation to respond positively to the school's request for assistance. "Our risograph ceased to work last month and we sent letters to organisations and companies within the Wildey and Pine district requesting sponsorship. It has been difficult not having access to a copier machine, so we are very grateful to CDB for providing one so that we can continue to produce letters and worksheets for the children." Noting that the Bank was very pleased to assist the school, Ms. La Bennett said, "CDB provides loans and grants to its borrowing member countries to assist with their social and economic development, but it is also committed to being a good corporate citizen. Through the Sponsorship Committee it receives requests for assistance from across the Region. CDB also views education as key to the development of our Region and much of our funding is focused on that area. When we received the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School's request, we welcomed the opportunity to contribute to an educational institution within our neighbourhood." CAPTION: Ms. Monica La Bennett, CDB's Deputy Director, Corporate Planning (left) presents Principal of the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School, Mrs. Margaret St. Hill-Pinder with a new Xerox WorkCentre 5675, as Science Teacher and Fundraising Coordinator, Ms. Cherilyn Christie (right) and pupils of Infants B look on.

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