Sol Antilles gives back to the community

POSTED: 02/9/12 1:13 PM

St. Maarten — The regional supplier of petroleum products SOL Antilles NV are among a number of sponsors who have generously donated to the Love of Kids Foundation which will be conducting a symposium that began at the Bel Air Community Center which began yesterday. Sol’s Managing Director David Antrobus says the donation, which coincides with the company’s celebration of its 7th anniversary celebration, is part of the company’s commitment to forming strong social partnerships and linkages with the communities where they do business. The goal in this anniversary year is to “touch lives in the very communities that have contributed to Sol’s successes.”
Sol’s sales and marketing Manager Patrice Paines presented the $1,000 donation that was accepted by founding members of Love of Kids Shelly Jack and Dorothea Aenlee Flankenberg
“The businesses on St. Maarten, which includes SOL Antilles, have been very helpful,” Jack said.
“Sol remains committed to affecting positive change in the communities all across St. Maarten. We acknowledge the importance of education in any country’s development and are keen to support this forum which will directly assist children and their parents who stand to benefit from the work of this foundation,” Antrobus said.
The three symposium was opened last night with a lecture by Baruti Kafele, an American principal, who focused on the plight of young black males in the society and single mothers.
“Although there are households where the men are the head of the homes it is the mothers who are the disciplinarian who are raising the child,” Jack said.
Katherine Burns, who is also speaking at the symposium, took time on Wednesday to meet 25 female students from the St. Maarten Academy PSVE in a closed door session which was said to be quite beneficial to the students. Dorothea Flankenberg, who is also speaking at the symposium, promoted the event and urged the community to join the sessions which will end on Friday evening.
Teachers will get to participate in a workshop on Friday that will include students from Saba, St. Eustatius, Antigua, St. Kitts, and Anguilla. They will be accompanied by the head of education of Nevis and Antigua.

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