Marigot Sec­ondary School Re­named

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Reporter Pho­tos by Bill Mort­ley

The school once named sim­ply as the Marigot Sec­ondary School (for its lo­ca­tion) has been of­fi­cially re­named. The school, which was opened in 2006, was of­fi­cially re­named the Jon Od­lum Sec­ondary School dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Tues­day, 1st March, 2016. Od­lum served as mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Con­stituency of Cas­tries South, where the school is lo­cated, for 23 years, prior to which he was one of Saint Lu­cia’s first Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Of­fi­cers.

Tues­day’s nam­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by prime min­is­ter Kenny An­thony, pres­i­dent of the Se­nate Claudius Fran­cis, Education Min­is­ter Robert Lewis, mem­bers of the Od­lum fam­ily, other par­lia­men­tar­i­ans as well as the prinicipal, staff and stu­dents of the school.

Ac­cord­ing to the prime min­is­ter the cer­e­mony was be­ing held “to cel­e­brate the mem­ory of Jon Od­lum, and to cast his name in stone to recog­nise him as an­other great Saint Lu­cian who has con­trib­uted to our de­vel­op­ment.”

“He beat the pave­ment and the muddy paths of the Cul de Sac, Marigot, Barre St. Joseph, and Roseau Val­ley, in­ter­act­ing with the peo­ple of th­ese ar­eas, shar­ing their tri­umphs and fail­ures, their tears and their pain, and their hopes and dreams. He knew that education was the only an­swer to the poverty that had been cul­ti­vated from the days of the sugar plan­ta­tions,’ said Dr. An­thony.

“As such, this school here at Marigot is ef­fec­tively the tan­gi­ble pin­na­cle of a dream, an in­sti­tu­tion which rep­re­sents the zenith of Jon’s be­lief that education was the key to the fu­ture of the down­trod­den and dis­pos­sessed,” the prime min­is­ter added.

Stu­dents per­form­ing a steel­pan ren­di­tion

in hon­our of Jon Od­lum

Buf­falo Od­lum de­liv­er­ing a few re­marks on be­half of

the Od­lum fam­ily.

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