SIMPSON BAY – The Red Cross St. Maarten is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first round of the Back-to-School Backpack Project launched in January. The project benefitted 127 kindergarten and elementary students who were selected from 18 participating schools. The backpacks were distributed to the selected beneficiaries over a three-day period from Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January14th at the Red Cross St. Maarten branch at the Airport Road, Simpson Bay. Each backpack contained essential school supplies such as composition books, pencil cases, water bottles, face masks and hand sanitizers.
The Back-to-School Backpack Project was launched with the aim of equipping students with the necessary tools they need to learn, achieve and succeed in the classroom. Red Cross St. Maarten understands that single parents and parents from low-income families cannot afford school supplies for their children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has greatly affected their livelihood.
As a result, Red Cross St. Maarten has begun providing access to school supplies for school-going children to relieve single parents and parents from low-income families from the financial burden, anxiety and stress that they are currently undergoing as a result of the pandemic.
Parents who did not have an opportunity to register for the first round of the Back-to-School Backpack project can apply for the new 2021/2022 school year. The second round of the Back-to-School Backpack project will be opened during the summer on June 21st and closed on July 5th.
The application process will remain the same as the first round with a quick and easy 2 step process:
- Step 1: Participating schools will send a digital registration link with all of the necessary information to parents. Once received, the parents will follow the registration link to apply.
- Step 2: Parents will complete the application form and ensure the required documents are uploaded. The required documents will include the child/children’s recent report card and a valid form of Identification such as your Passport, I.D card or Driver’s license.
If parents cannot apply via the digital link, a team of dedicated Red Cross Volunteers will complete the form on the parent’s behalf. The volunteers’ contact information will be shared in the application form.
Stay up to date with the Red Cross St. Maarten Back-to-School Backpack Project by monitoring their Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossSXM, where updates will be posted.