IB students paint parking spaces in front of school

The parking spaces being painted.

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The painted parking spaces.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Dominic High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Class of 2018 has developed several projects under the theme “SXM: Build Back Better” as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the IB Organisation’s diploma programme (1968-2018).

With the projects, students would also like to show their appreciation for the school and the community that have given them an opportunity to receive an IB education in St. Maarten.

For the first project, “ Keeping it Straight: the parking plan,” students saw the need to maximise the area for vehicles in front of the school by painting lines to create parking spaces. The IB Class of 2018 gathered outside the school premises at 8:00am Saturday, November 18, and combined their efforts with the technical guidance of the school’s concierge, who designed the templates for them.

The IB students also accepted the challenge issued by UNICEF to celebrate World Children’s Day on November 20 by voicing their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.

The students’ next venture, in line with UNICEF’s World Children’s Day theme “It’s a #KidsTakeOver,” will be to support their peers at Sister Marie Laurence Primary School. The IB Classes of 2018 and 2019 will collaborate with local organisations to work on rebuilding Sister Marie Laurence Primary School, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and was subsequently vandalised with its offices and classrooms looted. The IB students will be assisting in the painting of classrooms and the creation of green spaces for pupils.

As a small token to celebrate World Children’s Day at St. Dominic High, 400 cupcakes were distributed amongst the student population. “When the rights of the child are primary, the life of the child becomes sweet,” the school said in a press release.

With the Class of 2018 having only a few months remaining in the IB programme, they hope to continue contributing to the school and local communities via similar projects.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71298-ib-students-paint-parking-spaces-in-front-of-school