Meylers­field Moun­tain gets new ba­sic school

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS -

RES­I­DENTS OF Meylers­field Moun­tain, near Lit­tle Lon­don in West­more­land, now have a spank­ing new ba­sic school, which of­fi­cially opened its doors for the first time on the morn­ing of Mon­day, Septem­ber 5.

The new school, the Meylers­field Moun­tain Ba­sic School, which has 24 stu­dents en­rolled, was es­tab­lished by the God­frey Ste­wart High School Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion In­ter­na­tional In­cor­po­ra­tion (GSHSAAII) and Ian Miles, the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party coun­cil­lor/care­taker for the Lit­tle Lon­don divi­sion.

“We saw the need for a new ba­sic school in the com­mu­nity some time ago and we de­cided to do some­thing about it,” said Myles, a well-known sports jour­nal­ist in western Ja­maica. “I am re­ally happy that we were able to do this for the chil­dren of Meylers­field Moun­tain.”

Be­fore the timely in­ter­ven­tion of GSHSAAII and Myles, the chil­dren of Meylers­field Moun­tain at­tended a 60-yearold Meylers­field Ba­sic School. ba­sic school which op­er­ated from a church in the com­mu­nity.

“Given its location and its non-in­de­pen­dent sta­tus, the old ba­sic school grap­pled with fi­nan­cial in­sta­bil­ity as it was un­able to re­ceive sub­stan­tial sup­port from the govern­ment,” said Myles.

“I learnt of the plight of the old ba­sic school about a year and a half ago, while walk­ing through the com­mu­nity,” said Myles. “I promptly made a com­mit­ment to the school’s prin­ci­pal, Inez Clarke, that I would do all I could to en­sure that they get a new school build­ing.”

With a de­ter­mi­na­tion to ful­fil his prom­ise, Myles went out and so­licited the as­sis­tance of Lena John­son, the co­or­di­na­tor of GSHSAAII, who also had an in­ter­est in get­ting a new ba­sic school for Meylers­field Moun­tain. Through their col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts, the new school was com­pleted in a mere six months.

In ad­di­tion to their new school, the 24 stu­dents of Meylers­field Moun­tain are also the re­cip­i­ents of in­di­vid­ual spon­sor­ships, thanks to a com­mit­ment given by a mem­ber of the GSHSAAII

“The level of spon­sor­ship in­cludes cov­er­age of tu­ition fees, uni­forms and all other back-to-school sup­plies. Each child will also get a weekly al­lowance,” said Myles. “A chicken-rear­ing project is to be un­der­taken to pro­vide lunches on a day-to-day ba­sis for the chil­dren.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

Chris­telle Har­ris (right), founder of the Chris­telle Har­ris Char­ity Fund, with her fa­ther An­thony Har­ris (right, back row), and Pas­tor Gre­gory Haughton (left) of the Bounty Hall New Tes­ta­ment Church of God, Trelawny, along with sev­eral re­cip­i­ents of a back-to-school do­na­tion made by the fund at the church re­cently. Some 100 chil­dren were the re­cip­i­ents of $250,000 worth of back-to-school items from the eight-year-old char­ity.

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