US-based char­ity do­nates 48 lap­tops to St Mary High

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Orantes Moore Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

HIGH­GATE, St Mary: STU­DENTS AND staff at St Mary High School in High­gate, St Mary, cel­e­brated Mon­day nigh after a US char­ity, ded­i­cated to re­gen­er­at­ing High­gate, do­nated 48 lap­tops to help up­grade the school’s com­puter room.

Speak­ing after a han­dover cer­e­mony in the school’s au­di­to­rium, Prin­ci­pal Jul­let Frazer-Sadaar thanked United Friends of High­gate (UFoH) for their gen­eros­ity, and urged its mem­bers to con­tinue on their mis­sion to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion, health care, and so­cial wel­fare sys­tems in High­gate and through­out St Mary.

Frazer-Sadaar told The Gleaner: “Th­ese lap­tops will make a great dif­fer­ence to us. Prior to this, the teach­ers were com­plain­ing be­cause they were ready to launch tech­nol­ogy in­te­gra­tion, but we just did not have enough com­put­ers to go around.

“Now, I’m quite sure, they are go­ing to be very happy know­ing they can make learn­ing a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing and mean­ing­ful be­cause with 48 ad­di­tional lap­tops, it feels like we have reached com­puter heaven,” she ex­plained with a laugh.

Pres­i­dent of the UFoH’s Florida chap­ter, Lor­rimer Bur­ford, re­vealed how the com­put­ers had been sourced from US sav­ings and loan as­so­ci­a­tion Bank United, and called for Ja­maicans liv­ing abroad to do more to help de­velop their home­towns.

He said: “The 48 com­put­ers we pro­cured for St Mary High School is re­ally just part of our mis­sion to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion within High­gate and the rest of the parish. The re­al­ity is, the peo­ple who launched this or­gan­i­sa­tion are all from High­gate.

“We met after a launch party for a book I wrote, A Ja­maica Sto­ry­teller’s Tale, and de­cided that things aren’t how they used to be in High­gate. And al­though we can never make it what it used to be, we can make High­gate a beau­ti­ful place to live, work and play.”

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