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Every student who leaves ESHS should contribute to a re-building fund- Hon Smith

Every student who leaves ESHS should contribute to a re-building fund- Hon Smith

Deputy Speaker in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith (AL) has called on all past students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) to contribute funds to re-building the school, which was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Suggested $1000 per year as part of efforts to raise funds.

Honourable Smith made the plea on December 2, 2021, shortly after handing over a cheque for $15,000 to the Principal of ESHS as part of rebuilding efforts.

“What I want to see happen is that every student who leaves this school, if they contribute whether its $1000, $100 to a building fund to school, we should,” he said.

“As business people, we need to give back, so today I'm begging them, asking, that we all who have been to the school contribute back to the school by creating a building fund, whether it’s a $1000, let's do it, please, I'm begging,” he said.

Progress towards rebuilding

The donations represented progress towards the construction of the main ESHS campus aimed at restoring the school back to its official location, in addition to ending the use of the old Clarence Thomas Building and the current shift systems.

Hon Smith further revealed that having had a mother who has been a teacher for years, education always comes first.

“We need to continue building. Today is a sign of us investing back into our future, so let’s continue to invest in the future and let’s move on,” he said.

Other legislators of both Government and the Opposition made financial pledges towards assisting in the rebuilding of the school.


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