(R to L) - Minister Lisa Morris-Julien, Minister in the Ministry of Education, DA Shante Moore, Chargé d?Affaires at the US Embassy; Preston Kissoon, Principal of Rio Claro West Secondary School; and Colonel Claudia Carrizales from the US Military Liaison Office. (Image courtesy US Embassy)

The Rio Claro West Secondary School has received a major educational boost with the donation of 30 laptops valued at US$15,000 from the United States.

The donation was presented to Minister in the Ministry of Education, Lisa Morris-Julian and Principal Preston Kissoon of the Rio Claro West Secondary School, during a small ceremony at the US Embassy Monday.

During the presentation ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore noted the donation was in continued support of students and educators negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moore commended the ministry for its ongoing efforts to ensure children have universal access to the tools and resources necessary to learn, despite the current challenges of COVID-19.

“The United States faces similar challenges,” Moore observed while pledging continued US support to Trinidad and Tobago to overcome virtual education resource gaps.

Morris-Julien thanked the US Embassy and Military Liaison Office for the donation, saying, “These laptops are not just devices, but they are tools that contribute to the education and security of Trinidad and Tobago.”