Minister Jacobs launches ‘Making a Difference’

POSTED: 09/9/12 11:57 PM

St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – In an attempt to maximize the true potentials of students on St Maarten, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Silveria Jacobs has introduced a new initiative to schools called Making a Difference.

The Minister and members of her cabinet will volunteer between 30 to 45 minutes once a week at a school of their choice.

While there, the members of the cabinet will play the role of a teacher as they read with a child, to a group or a class, or assist with any other subject. They will also assist students in any other weak area and give assistance on projects or mentor a child or group of children.

Minister Jacobs would also like to see more parents volunteering their time. In doing so she is asking the employers to give the employees time off to do so.

The reason the minister decided to start this program, she believes that it takes a community to raise a child. As an educator, the minister saw that this was a well needed program and felt that she should lead by example.

The schools will receive an official letter from the minister endorsing volunteerism in the classrooms. Schools will be required to regulate the visits so that employees can justify the time spent away from their jobs.

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