300 students get back-to-school gear, thanks to Sembawang youth

Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, grassroots adviser of Sembawang GRC, attending the WeCare @ North West - Ready For School programme yesterday. About 300 students received new school bags, stationery
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan, grassroots adviser of Sembawang GRC, attending the WeCare @ North West - Ready For School programme yesterday. About 300 students received new school bags, stationery and vouchers worth $100, and 137 pre-schoolers got $200 bursaries in the form of vouchers.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Nearly 300 students between the ages of seven and 21 received new school bags, stationery and $100 worth of bookstore and supermarket vouchers yesterday.

They were beneficiaries of the Pack My Backpack programme, which was started five years ago to help low-income families prepare for the new school year.

Organised by Sembawang Community Club Youth Executive Committee, the project seeks to defray school and household expenses for the families.

It received the support of community partners and individuals, including Leong Guan Food Trading, which donated $5,000 worth of bookstore vouchers.

One of the volunteers at the event, Ms Siti Nuraisha Safri, 23, said: "As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.

"Through Pack My Backpack, we are able to strengthen ties with families from underserved backgrounds and provide the community of support to prepare their children for school," she added.

Pack My Backpack was held in conjunction with the WeCare @ North West - Ready For School programme, where 137 pre-schoolers aged five and six were each awarded a $200 bursary, consisting of bookstore and supermarket vouchers, by the North West Community Development Council.

The programme has raised more than $500,000 worth of bursaries for 1,600 kindergarten pupils so far this year.

The event at the Sembawang Community Club yesterday was attended by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, who is also grassroots adviser of Sembawang GRC.

 
 

Republic Polytechnic students introduced interactive games to teach English and financial literacy to the young beneficiaries.

To cultivate a love for reading among children and youth, the National Library Board deployed Molly, a mobile library, to reach out to those who may not have easy access to public libraries.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 22, 2019, with the headline '300 students get back-to-school gear, thanks to Sembawang youth'. Subscribe