Former students give back

By Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi and Aruna Lolani ,

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PAST AND THE PRESENT: Some S.M.O.G.A members with current St. Mary’s students.

PAST AND THE PRESENT: Some S.M.O.G.A members with current St. Mary’s students. (Photo: Arieta Teo Viliamu)

The learning experience for students of St. Mary’s College has received a tremendous boost thanks to former students who have never forgotten how the school helped them to become who they are today.

Yesterday, the Saint Mary’s Old Girls Association (S.M.O.G.A) donated  vital equipment worth of up to $80,000 tala to the school.

The donation included 200 armless chairs, 15 folded tables, hall rail and ceramic tiles.

All of this was able to be purchased through fundraising that S.M.O.G.A had done throughout the years , especially, during St. Mary’s 60th Jubilee last year.  

The official handover was conducted at the St. Mary’s College hall at Vaimoso in the presence of over 200 students.

The donation was one way that S.M.O.G.A recognizes the educational institution that nurtured their academic lives.  

S.M.O.G.A: Beautiful smiles of the Old girls present after the presentation of their gift for the school.
S.M.O.G.A: Beautiful smiles of the Old girls present after the presentation of their gift for the school.
Current St. Mary’s girls who attended the ceremony.
Current St. Mary’s girls who attended the ceremony.

The vision for S.M.O.G.A this year is to develop the students knowledge and skills in the hopes that they will all make it to U.P.Y. 

Thus, the donation of vital classroom accessories such as chairs to sit on in the classroom is pertinent to a students success. 

President of S.M.O.G.A , Arieta Teo Viliamu, acknowledged the project would not have been possible without the support of S.M.O.G.A members not only in Samoa but worldwide.

She was flanked by executive committee:

Vice President, Mariaalelosalio Petelo,  Secretary Titilua Aiono, Vice Secretary Lusila Lo Tam, Treasurer Anzac Vee, and Vice Treasurer Telesia Faasavalu Lefua.  

The project was spearheaded but the Project Committee:  Makerita Sooalo and Sr Pafuti Crichton.

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