Screen_shot_2011-09-09_at_8.39.37_PMOn September 4th 1988 Louisiana Government School opened its doors here in Orange Walk with an enrolment of 168 students, 7 teachers and one principal. That was 23 years ago and today the school boasts a student population of over 1,000, one principal, 3 vice principals, 37 teachers and four support staff members. Every year Louisiana Government School celebrates their birthday on the first Friday of the new academic year and today when we paid them a little visit thats exactly what they were doing....celebrating their 23rd birthday.

Carmelita Perez- Reporting

Today Louisiana Government School turned 23 and what better way to celebrate the occasion than being surrounded by teachers, students and parents. Despite the heat of the scorching sun students enjoyed every minute of the program prepared by their teachers, which included a number of presentations.

Deborah Palacio- Principal Louisiana Government School

“Our school as we say it is a family here and we have achieved quite a lot in our twenty three years, we have done our best in extracurricular such as in sports, we excel in all disciplines and of course we so excel academically as well for the past three years for example, we have topped Orange Walk in the PSE and we have also had students ranking among the top twenty five students in the entire country so we have done well academically and in extracurricular activities.”

And in celebration of its 23rd birthday the school also took the opportunity to inaugurate their newly built bathroom facility and completion of their fence project funded by the Social Investment Fund at a cost of over $100,000.

Deborah Palacio- Principal Louisiana Government School

“We recently had a bathroom that was donated by the Rotary Club International and that will used by the middle and the upper children. This new block that was donated by SIF will be used primarily by the infant children, actually it is attached to one of their buildings and so even if it raining they can enter that bathroom facility from within the building itself and they don’t need to go outside.”

Carmelita Perez-Reporter

“It got five bathrooms for the little boy and five bathrooms for the little girls’ right?”

Deborah Palacio- Principal Louisiana Government School

“Yes it does and a shower in each and it also has one bathroom in each section especially made for handicap children where it is much bigger and it has the ramp because we have a few children in wheel chairs so they can also access it easily. Definitely we are providing a safer and a healthier environment for our kids because they no longer have to use the latrines that we used and that with the facility that we had in place from Rotary Club, we had congestions at times especially break times because it is a little bit over a thousand kids, so now by having two and we are going to have a parent on site taking care of both facilities, children can go and use bathrooms in a very safe and very clean environment.”

In the past students of the infant division needed to take a long walk to the other side of the compound to use the bathroom. With the new facility in place they are much closer; in fact we can say that some students are just a few steps away from the facility because the bathroom building is attached to their school building.

According to Principal Deborah Palacio in case of hurricane the infant building built by SIF will be the first to be opened for a shelter since it now boasts its own bathroom facility. According to Principal Deborah Palacio in case of hurricane the infant building built by SIF will be the first to be opened for a shelter since it now boasts its own bathroom facility.

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