Tuesday, May 18

West Bengal: St Augustine’s push to fund education of bright students

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St Augustine’s, Barrackpore and Shyamnagar, recently celebrated ‘Proud To Be Augustinian Day’. This is the umbrella programme, under which the school undertakes various social initiatives.

At the annual celebration, awards, scholarships and financial aid are handed over to deserving candidates.

The two-day event at Sukanto Sadan, Barrackpore, and Oikatan, Naihati, saw dance performances by underprivileged girl students who attend the respective free evening schools run by the teachers and students of the regular school. The girls presented poems and songs in English to entertain the audience. The programme received praise from chief guest playback singer Lagnajita Chakraborty. Awards for academic achievement, outstanding performance in extra curricular activities as well as 100% attendance were handed out to the girls of the evening school.

Scholarships were also awarded to meritorious students. Swapnesh Sinha, who bagged an all-India third rank in the ICSE this year, received a 10g gold coin and a 100% admission fee waiver for classes XI-XII. Six girls from the Barrackpore campus, who had got 95% and above in ICSE, too, received a 100% waiver on admission fees into class XI-XII as well as on tuition fees for the two years. Over 25 girls who secured 90% were given a 100% admission fees waiver.

St Augustine’s offered 100% admission fee waivers to seven girls, who are sisters of existing students, to encourage parents to send their second child for education. This year, four children from Barrackpore and three from Shyamnagar received this benefit. The school also provided financial aid to five girls who lost a parent while studying in the school. They were awarded a 100% tuition-fee waiver and five boys got 50% tuition-fee waiver till Class-XII.

As the evening drew to a close with happy faces and lighter hearts, other important initiatives by the school like the periodic blood donation camps in and around Barrackpore and Shyamnagar, free weekend dispensaries for the poor, distribution of blankets to the homeless during winter, contribution to the Swachh Bharat initiative, and support to old age homes like fundraisers for St Joseph’s Home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor were mentioned.

 

Source: Times of India

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