Esher Pri­mary gets bus shed

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Pres­i­dent of the Grand Pal­la­dium Staff As­so­ci­a­tion Leroy Peart (cen­tre) ad­dresses a cer­e­mony to of­fi­cially open and hand over the newly con­structed bus shed at the Esher Pri­mary School on Septem­ber 30. Mayor of Lucea Wyn­ter McIn­tosh, teach­ers and stu­dents of the Esher Pri­mary School, and cit­i­zens of the area joined in the cel­e­bra­tion. MON­TEGO BAY (JIS): TUDENTS OF the Esher Pri­mary School in Lucea, Hanover, are now able to await trans­porta­tion in rel­a­tive safety, thanks to the con­struc­tion of a bus shed by the Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of the Grand Pal­la­dium Re­sort and Spa at the gate of the in­sti­tu­tion.

The con­crete struc­ture, built at a cost of US$2,000, was of­fi­cially handed over to the school and the Hanover Parish Coun­cil on Septem­ber 30.

In hand­ing over the fa­cil­ity, pres­i­dent of the ho­tel’s Staff As­so­ci­a­tion, Leroy Peart, said the group was play­ing what it be­lieves is a com­pul­sory role in pro­tect­ing the stu­dents of the school as well as other cit­i­zens who will use the bus shed.

“This is just an­other tan­gi­ble ex­hibit of the ho­tel’s com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity and, in­deed, to the parish of Hanover, where we want to make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­ni­ties,” Peart said.

Prin­ci­pal of the school, An­toinette Wright, in ex­press­ing grat­i­tude, said she can now breathe a lit­tle eas­ier know­ing that her stu­dents will be able to await trans­porta­tion in a se­cured struc­ture.

She said con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity is the re­sult of a strong part­ner­ship be­tween the Grand Pal­la­dium ho­tel and the school which is aimed at

Scre­at­ing and main­tain­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment. “We are very happy and, in­deed, grate­ful for this very kind ges­ture. This part­ner­ship is one of the ways we will en­sure school safety for our stu­dents and it’s one of the ways that will en­sure that we are a part of cre­at­ing a safe school en­vi­ron­ment,” Wright said.

PRO­TECT STRUC­TURE

Lucea Mayor Coun­cil­lor Wyn­ter McIn­tosh, in en­dors­ing the ini­tia­tive, en­cour­aged res­i­dents of the area to en­sure that the struc­ture is pro­tected and that it is used for its in­tended pur­pose.

“I beg the cit­i­zens of Esher to pro­tect this struc­ture. It’s an awe­some fa­cil­ity and we are go­ing to make use of it for the pur­pose for which it is in­tended,” McIn­tosh said.

Stu­dents of Esher Pri­mary said the fa­cil­ity will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in their pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments, as well as speed­ing mo­torists as they await trans­porta­tion.

“I am re­ally grate­ful that Grand Pal­la­dium could build this bus shed be­cause it shel­ters us from rain,” a stu­dent, Keon No­ble, said.

An­other stu­dent, Danae McFar­lane, said the bus shed is a “re­ally good thing be­cause when the rain is fall­ing, we have to stay up school, and now we can stay down here and then go home”.

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