SIMPSON BAY – The Red Cross St. Maarten is proud to announce its Back to School Backpack Project. The project will be undertaken in the next 4 weeks and will serve 300 kindergartners and 433 students from Grade 1 – 3 from low-income families in St. Maarten. The overall goal of this project is to equip students with the necessary tools they need to learn, achieve and succeed in the classroom.
In collaboration with the elementary schools, the backpacks will be filled with school supplies such as composition books, pencil cases, water bottles, cloth masks and hand sanitizers.
The benefits of the program are threefold:  provide school supplies to increase students’ willingness to learn and self-confidence, regardless their family financial circumstances;  educate students about sanitary methods and,  support income families who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents of students have the opportunity to complete a simple and easy online registration form to enroll in the program. The application requires parents to upload a photo of a valid form of Identification (I.D., Passport, Driver’s license), and a Recent Report Card of their child/children. Prioritization would be given to the most vulnerable households.
Once the application window is closed on January 20th at 5 PM, the selection process and distribution of backpacks will take place.
If parents are unable to complete the online application, parents can also call 524-7107 or 524-7115, where a Red Cross volunteer can complete the application on their behalf.