Three ba­sic schools to get help through Adopt-a-school Pro­gramme

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

THREE ba­sic schools have been se­lected by Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion to be a part of its Adopt-aschool Pro­gramme for the 2018/2019 school year.

The schools are Clifton Ba­sic School in Port­more, St Catherine; Chan­tilly Ba­sic School in Sa­vanna-la-mar, West­more­land; and Tobol­ski Ba­sic School in Brown’s Town, St Ann. They were se­lected based on their vary­ing needs after a nom­i­na­tion and assess­ment process, a re­cent re­lease from Sagi­cor said.

The re­lease said the Adopta-school Pro­gramme aims to in­vest in the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the schools through over­all im­prove­ment of the in­sti­tu­tions’ in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment.

At Tues­day’s of­fi­cial launch for the new co­hort of adopted schools at the Ja­maica Pegasus ho­tel, Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion Chair­man R Danny Wil­liams beamed with pride as he spoke to the rich his­tory and legacy of the Adopt-a-school Pro­gramme, which dates to the days of Life of Ja­maica.

Wil­liams noted that Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion re­mains com­mit­ted to car­ing, in­spir­ing and serv­ing, with the aim of help­ing to cre­ate a brighter and bet­ter fu­ture for the na­tion’s chil­dren, set­ting them on a path to achiev­ing great­ness from a ten­der age.

“With a fo­cus on con­tribut­ing to cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment for our chil­dren to learn, our hope is that at the end of the part­ner­ship, with an up­graded, com­fort­able and safe space to learn, the stu­dents will be well on their way to be­com­ing the next big movers and shak­ers in their gen­er­a­tion,” he added.

Mean­while, Sagi­cor Bank CEO Chorvelle John­son, in her ad­dress, shared that Sagi­cor re­mains com­mit­ted to its vision of “im­prov­ing the lives of the peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate”, not­ing that the Adopt-a-school Pro­gramme is just one ex­am­ple of the many ini­tia­tives the foun­da­tion un­der­takes that pos­i­tively im­pacts the lives of Ja­maicans.

Since its in­cep­tion, the adopt-a-school pro­gramme has pos­i­tively im­pacted the lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of chil­dren is­land­wide and has left an in­deli­ble mark in the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties where the schools are lo­cated, the re­lease said.

For last year’s pro­gramme, the re­lease said Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion in­vested more than $12 mil­lion in up­grades for three ba­sic schools and is pro­jected to in­vest ap­prox­i­mately $15 mil­lion at the three new schools to the pro­gramme.

The funds will pri­mar­ily be used to en­hance the schools’ phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture – rang­ing from build­ing ad­di­tional class­rooms, sick bay, fix­ing roofs, light­ing and bath­room fix­tures, and ex­pan­sion and up­grades for play ar­eas. In ad­di­tion to ren­o­va­tion works, as part of the pro­gramme, sev­eral so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties are held for the chil­dren through­out the pe­riod, to in­clude a Christ­mas treat, health fair, read­ing day, and school’s clos­ing fete, the re­lease said.

It’s smiles all round as (from left) Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion Chair­man R Danny Wil­liams; Si­mone Walker, Sagi­cor Group Ja­maica vice pres­i­dent, group mar­ket­ing and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion; Trisha Wil­liams-singh, chair, Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion; and Mar­lon Wil­liams, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, are joined by stu­dents from Chan­tilly, Tobol­ski and Clifton Ba­sic schools as they cut the cel­e­bra­tory cake to mark the launch of the 2018/2019 Sagi­cor Foun­da­tion Adopt-aschool Pro­gramme on Tues­day at the Ja­maica Pegasus ho­tel.

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