Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves paid a visit to the Central Leeward Secondary School last week Thursday, during which he promised to provide 50 pairs of football shoes to the school’s football teams.
The Prime Minister had journeyed to the school located at Peter’s Hope to celebrate with the students and teachers of that school. This visit was prompted by the outcome of the recently concluded secondary school football tournament that saw both teams from the Central Leeward Secondary School winning their respective divisions.
In addressing the hall full of students and staff, Prime Minister Gonsalves recounted fondly the confrontations between the parents and supporters of the Central Leeward Secondary School Warriors and himself. He was at the tournament to support the Georgetown Secondary School Gladiators, a school from his constituency.
He also encouraged the students to utilise the opportunities available to them through the Education Revolution that guarantee each child of secondary school age, access to secondary education.
There was also a question and answer segment during which time, students posed questions to the Prime Minister. One of the issues raised by one of the students was that of football shoes for the members of the team, and in responding to that issue, the Prime Minister offered to provide football shoes for each member of both teams, a total of 50 pairs of shoes and half dozen balls, an announcement that drew thunderous applause.
Following the general activity, the Prime Minister then met with the principal and staff, and had very fruitful discussions where a number of issues affecting the school were addressed; they included students performance, security and issues affecting staff. The principal thanked the Prime Minister for the visit and the opportunity afforded the staff to engage in such a direct way.
As part of his visit to the school, the Prime Minister had lunch delivered to the school for members of both football teams and the staff and he took the time to enjoy a meal with the students.