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Students Awarded Laptops For Scholastic Achievements


Electro Telecom proprietor Paul Smith believes hard work should be rewarded.

That’s why his company has committed itself to ensuring that primary school students who have excelled scholastically get something in return.

Some of the island’s brightest primary school students received laptops yesterday afternoon – all gifts from the generous businessman.

In its first year, Mr. Smith’s project awarded a laptop to the Oakes Field Primary School’s valedictorian.

The programme has since mushroomed to include T.G. Glover Primary, Woodcock Primary and Albury Sayles Primary.

“This is a project that is dear to me. I think that students need to know that when they work, their work is not in vain. They need to know that at the end of the day when they work, there is something and some goal that they can achieve,” he said.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald, on hand for the laptop presentation on Thursday, commended Mr. Smith for his contribution.

“I want to say thank you. It is this sort of commitment from persons like you who are involved in nation building and who have achieved some level of success, who have taken the opportunity to reach back into the community and assist those in the community who are in need of assistance,” he said.

Some of the young scholars who received their laptops yesterday told the Bahama Journal that the educational year proved to be a challenging one, but they said they are happy that they persevered.

“I am so elated and shocked. It was a lot of hard work memorising so many things and studying for our tests and exams. It was a long process, so receiving this award at the end makes me feel so special,” Dwayna Archer said.

“This year was not easy and the studying was really hard. Now that I pulled through the year I feel that all the hard work has finally paid off,” Perry Knowles said.
“This makes me feel good because I now know that hard work pays off and I understand the importance of always trying hard. If I could give my fellow peers any advice it would be to follow your dreams, put God first and never give up,” Ariannah Bain said.

Mr. Smith said he expects the programme to expand to include an additional five schools in 2013.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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