PHILIPSBURG:--- Six community initiatives received financial support from CIBC FirstCaribbean recently.
Arts Saves Lives, Now You Know, Milton Peters College (MPC), Sint. Maarten Lions Club, Ruby Labega School, and Alexander's Early Stimulation were among those sponsored by the bank.
The Art Saves Lives 6th Annual Summer Intensive which concluded last weekend, July 14th, was offered free of charge to seventy-four (74) students. The program is known for promoting cross-cultural exchange between youths and professional artists who use the arts to empower and introduce participates to global and local traditions. They also provide young aspiring artists with guidance in pursuing careers within the arts.
The bank was also pleased to sponsor "Now You Know" and "What Will I Be" with Valerie van Putten. "What Will I Be" celebrates twenty-two (22) years of radio programming on education, history and entertainment. The host has gone beyond the airwaves to reach the community through meal voucher programs for seniors and a breakfast program at Prins Willem Alexander School.
Support also went to MPC for the second consecutive year, allowing students to represent the island in the Olympic Moves Competition, one of the largest high school sports competitions in the Netherlands.
CIBC FirstCaribbean, Country Manger Garth Sherwood, was pleased to make the presentations to the programs’ representatives. "We are part of this community and dedicated to aiding in its development through initiatives such as these", he stated.
The Lions Club received sponsorship for their annual bingo, Ruby Labega Primary School in support of their graduation ceremony and Alexander’s Early Stimulation for their Summer Program.
Photo: Garth Sherwood, Country Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean with Tyreke Arrindell of Art Saves Lives.