GOVERNOR'S PROJECT 2016 : OPERATION BACKPACK
The Caribbean Atlantic District’s Governor’s Project/ District Project for 2016-2017 is entitled “Operation Backpack”. Operation Backpack was an initiative to distribute backpacks filled with stationery, notebooks, food items and other school necessities to needy primary/elementary school children. The backpacks contained 7 notebooks, a sketch pad and pencil case filled with pencils, a ruler, eraser, sharpener, glue and a box of crayons, as well as breakfast items such as tea, hot chocolate, oatmeal, cereal, juice, canned tuna, cornbeef and other goodies. The project commenced in August-September 2016 where 770 backpacks were distributed to needy children in the islands of Aruba, Barbados and Guyana, in time for back-to-school.
The idea was conceptualized by our Immediate Past Governor, Whitney Williams.
"Education has always played a big part in my life and I was raised to always value education as a prime tool in the world. I realized that not many children have the opportunities to have a great start in their academic careers because they cannot afford basic school supplies to assist them in school. I wanted to solve this problem by communicating with school principals from across the Caribbean and request that they identify students in desperate need of backpacks and school supplies in their respective schools. I chose to target my project at the primary/elementary level because this is where the fundamentals are laid and studies have shown that children who begin their academic career well with the fundamentals are most likely to succeed in life."