CICSA (the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association) is privileged to offer school bags packed with supplies to members with school-age children.

CICSA President John Bothwell said that by providing these school bags to members, the association is underscoring the importance of education.

“This is our way of telling parents and guardians that CICSA supports them, just like they support their children’s academic growth,” he said. “In a way, the school bags are like breakfast for a child – we want to start their new school year off right!”

While most parents and guardians make sure their budgets can cover the costs of a new school year, it nevertheless can be a challenging time financially for families, Mr Bothwell said.

“Education has the best outcomes when parents, teachers, and the community join hands to support our children and help them become all who they can be,” he said. “We want them to become strong men and women of integrity. So this school-bag offer is worth every penny spent, and CICSA is proud to be able to do this for our kids.”

CICSA members are invited to come by the CICSA office between 1pm and 6pm, Monday, 30 July to Friday, 3 August, to collect bags for their children. CICSA’s office is located upstairs in the No. 1 Shoe Shop Building on Walkers Road. Please bring a form of identification and your government pay stub that shows your $5 CICSA monthly deduction. If you are collecting bags for other members, you’ll need their IDs and pay stubs as well.

For civil servants who aren’t CICSA members, it’s a great time to join. CICSA advocates for your interests, and it helps make the Cayman Islands Government a great place to work. To become a member, just send an email to info@cicsa.ky. They’ll send you an easy application form to complete and return.