More than one hundred students have benefited from the Knapsack Project which is a Canada-based initiative
Now in its eighth year, the initiative founded by Mrs. Yvette Glynn-Hamlet of Bequia, distributes knapsacks filled with educational and personal supplies to less fortunate school children in this country.
The Project began in 2007, with an initial distribution of one hundred and sixty-nine knapsacks.
This year, three hundred and fifty-seven knapsacks were distributed among students at ten schools, bringing the total number of students benefitting to date, to 2,698.
Students receiving knapsacks this year attend C.W. Prescod Primary School, Bequia Anglican Primary School, Leeward Elementary SDA School, Marriaqua Government School, Paget Farm Government School, Park Hill Government School, Buccament Bay Secondary School, George Stephens Senior Secondary School, North Union Secondary School and St Joseph’s Convent – Marriaqua.
Distributions took place on June 5th and 6th on mainland St. Vincent and in Bequia on June 10th.
The Knapsack Project collaborates with the Ministry of Education to identify students in need of the supplies.