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Lucky Strike Primary School Burglarized; Area Rep Steps in to Assist

While most schools across the country returned from the Easter break on Monday, for one school in rural Belize today was the first day back. That’s because the faculty and staff spent the last two days cleaning up a mess that was left behind by burglars. Reporter Vejea Alvarez has the story.
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Some time over the Easter break, Lucky Strike Government Primary School was targeted by burglars. Thieves broke into the school’s kitchen and each of its classrooms. Principal, Janeen St. Bernard, says she was notified about the breakin on Thursday by a parent who was passing by. 

Jannen St. Bernard, Principal, Lucky Strike Government School: “We have a nearby pond here where parents come and fish and one of the parents found out and called one of the teachers and the teacher contacted me. I don’t live in the area. I live in Ladyville so I had to contact the police and the necessary authorities and I made my way up here just to look at, do inventory and see what was missing.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: And when St. Bernard managed to rummage through what was left behind, she noticed that almost all of the school’s feeding program supplies were carried away. 

Jannen St. Bernard, Principal, Lucky Strike Government School: “They took a lot of essentials from us including groceries and sanitation products that we use everyday. Toilet paper, hand sanitisers and cleaning detergents, and also meat from the refrigerator, appliances like microwave, coffee maker, crock pot  and some other important items. I felt very discouraged because we, as our teachers and some parents, we put our all into getting the kitchen functional and the feeding program functional so I felt very discouraged before, um, I mean after it happened. But you know, I decided, you know what, for every loss, you know, we have greater benefits.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Fortunately for this small school, their feeding program has been revived thanks to a donation from the area representative of Belize Rural North, Marconi Leal Sr. 

Marconi Leal Sr., Area Representative for Belize Rural North: “When we heard about the incident, the burglary at the school. We got in touch with Ms. Janeen, the principal, Mrs. Janeen, and found out what was missing. You know because we had to get the school back started. So she gave us a list and we worked on that and we donated like a microwave, for example, crock pot, sanitaries, also some groceries and this morning I told her, just let us know when, whatever you need for the feeding program, we will be assisting.” 

Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: According to Leal, he will also be providing the school with upgrades to its security system to ensure another breakin doesn’t occur. But until then. St. Bernard had only one message for the persons who stole, not only from the school, but its students as well. 

Jannen St. Bernard, Principal, Lucky Strike Government School: “To take away from the school is taking away from our children. These children are our future and if you can have the heart to do that to a school, it educating the young people for, you know, this country, I mean, they don’t have no love for themselves and the people around here. This is a small community. We are supposed to work together to make this school a better place for us but if they’re doing that then you know, this is going to affect us. It will affect our development and it will affect the children in a whole.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Reporting for Love News, I am Vejea Alvarez.