September 07, 2016
Fidelity Bank CEO Anwer Sunderji, center, with bank staff during the back to school fun day at Naomi Blatch Preschool to officially launch the bank's adoption of the preschool located at Baillou Hill Road. (Ahvia J. Campbell)
The 60 preschool-aged children enrolled in Naomi Blatch Preschool and their parents are thankful to their "fairy godmother" ... of sorts in Fidelity Bank which has adopted the school in time for the new academic year, and on Saturday past hosted the first of a number of initiatives they have planned, by kitting out the school's preschoolers with everything they would need to return back to school, according to the supplies needed list provided to the parents by the school.
Fidelity Bank provided each child with a sleeping mat, a lunch eating mat, black and white books, coloring books and crayons along with a tote bag, which parents had been informed during registration they would not have to purchase, as the bank would donate the supplies to each child, to avoid any doubling up, and to allow parents to actually save the money. The supplies for the children were given to parents during a back to school fun day hosted by Fidelity Bank.
During the day, bank officials also took the time to expose parents to what a healthy lunch pack for their children should entail as they gave out lunch sacks filled with fruit offerings.
Parents also received a voucher that would enable them to purchase two complete uniform sets for each preschooler.
"Fidelity Bank has made a commitment to assist not only the teachers and students, but also parents through this partnership," said Fidelity Bank Frederick Street branch manager Odia Gaskin.
The initiative she said is a part of the bank's increased community outreach, and they thought that the best place to start was with "the little darlings."
"Even though these kids aren't customers of Fidelity, it provides us with an opportunity to sensitize their parents to show them that even beginning a small savings for their children is important, because that's one of the things we want to do through this partnership which we feel is off to an excellent start."
Gaskin said when they decided to adopt the Naomi Blatch Preschool their intention wasn't for it to be all about the financial. She said they wanted it to be more substantial by giving time and money and investing in the school as a community. She said they anticipate doing a lot more than they did on Saturday past with the back to school fun day.
"One of the projects we have planned is to help them establish a library with preschool books." The bank held an internal book drive to collect books for the project.
During the recent fun day, the preschoolers had the opportunity to get their faces painted, expend energy in the bouncing castle and marvel at the balloons. The children and their parents indulged in hot dogs, burgers, chips and drinks
"It was definitely a funfilled day where the staff and executives of the bank got an opportunity to meet and mingle with parents, teachers and students that they have committed themselves to for the upcoming school year," said Gaskin.
Naomi Blatch Preschool Principal Joy Wells is excited about the partnership. She said Fidelity coming on board ties in with the school's theme this year -- committed to cause.
"And truly the term has just begun and Fidelity has stepped up to and showed they are committed to helping transform lives," said Wells.
The principal of five years at the preschool that has been opened since 2010 said their goal in forming a partnership with a corporate citizen was to seek assistance in an effort to create an atmosphere of high quality education for their children.
"We at the school can't do it alone, and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology can't do it alone, so this partnership with Fidelity Bank is inspiring and gives us a sense of motivation," she said.
The principal said they are also looking forward to the resource room/library, as they are trying to create lifelong learners in the youngster and get them to be global thinkers. She said the resource room/library would give them what they need to help them accomplish that goal.
As for Saturday's fun day, Wells said many of the parents breathed sighs of relief and were giving thanks to Jesus after Fidelity kitted out their children for school.
"They were very appreciative," she said.
Shavaughn Moss, Guardian Lifestyles Editor
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