On February 1, 2021, the Grant Contract Signing was concluded for The Project for Construction of Gymnasium in St. Mary's Elementary School, Yap State between Mr. Sobashima Hidenobu, Ambassador of Japan to the Federated States of Micronesia and Mr. Rufino Xavier, Principal of St. Mary's Elementary School. The project will provide St. Mary's Elementary School with the funds up to US$89,532 under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the Government of Japan.
This project will construct a gymnasium to improve the educational environment at St. Mary's Elementary School and enable the School’s curricula to include Physical Education class to keep all 245 students healthy.
St. Mary's Elementary School has been unable to conduct Physical Education class due to the lack of appropriate and secure place to use in poor weather for quite some time.
After the construction of the gymnasium, St. Mary's Elementary School will be able to provide a Physical Education program for all students. The gymnasium will also be open to the local community and a number of events for various people. In addition, the gymnasium will be utilized as an emergency evacuation facility.