PRI­MARY CARE: PUPILS GET UP­GRADE FROM BRICKS AS SEATS

New desks, chairs do­nated to EL school

Go! & Express - - Front Page - QHAMANI LINGANI

THE car­ing East Lon­don com­mu­nity has come to the res­cue by do­nat­ing desks and chairs to needy Park­side Pri­mary School Grade R pupils.

The GO! & Ex­press high­lighted the plight of the pupils, (“No seat of learn­ing on June 8”), who had noth­ing to sit on dur­ing lessons.

The pupils were sit­ting on used bricks, crates, benches and 20l bucket seats in class, that was mak­ing learn­ing very dif­fi­cult. Each of the four classes con­sists of about 38 pupils, and each class had one or two of th­ese items that dou­bled as seats for the chil­dren.

Af­ter the Go! re­port, car­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers de­cided to chip in and help. Busi­ness­man, Den­zel Fuller do­nated 10 desks and Day­alin Naina 70 chairs to the school. Bea­con Bay Ro­tary Club also do­nated ta­bles and Debt Man­age­ment Com­pany do­nated chairs, all af­ter the GO ar­ti­cle.

Act­ing school prin­ci­pal Cyn­thia De­siree But­ler said they were over­whelmed by the sup­port they had re­ceived from the pub­lic since their story ap­peared in the GO! in June.

“The chil­dren get so ex­cited when we re­ceive new fur­ni­ture and we al­ways teach them how to look af­ter the fur­ni­ture so that we can have good fur­ni­ture for years to come. We thank ev­ery­one who do­nates to our school be­cause it makes learn­ing easy and fun for our chil­dren,” she said.

Fuller said he also read about the school in the GO! and im­me­di­ately knew that he had to do some­thing. “It is im­por­tant to in­vest in our chil­dren's fu­ture. We don't know what they will be one day. We must make them feel com­fort­able,” said Fuller, the owner of In­tegrity Fu­neral Homes.

Last year, the GO! also re­ported how needy school was, with sparse re­sources at the fa­cil­ity so badly van­dalised that the pupils were sent home (“Pupils sent home: Poorly se­cured Park­side Pri­mary shuts doors af­ter thieves de­stroy fa­cil­i­ties”).

The ar­ti­cle showed how elec­tri­cal wires were cut, toi­lets bro­ken, fences de­stroyed and the prin­ci­pal’s lap­top stolen at a school that al­ready strug­gles to make ends meet. It was go­ing to cost the school more than R100 000 to fix the dam­age and re­wire the school, but some Good Sa­mar­i­tans came on board and helped the school.

A con­trac­tor also re­sponded pos­i­tively to the ar­ti­cle and over a week­end brought some of his work­ers along to fix the school’s plumb­ing at no cost. A concert was also held to raise funds to fix other prob­lems at the school.

The ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment then also came for­ward not long af­ter the queries last year and fixed all the elec­tri­cal, ablu­tion and wa­ter prob­lems at the school.

Fuller has fur­ther re­quested the school to sub­mit a list of what they need and will do what he can to con­tinue as­sist­ing it.

Pic­ture: QHAMANI LINGANI

LET’S LEARN: Pupils at Park­side Pri­mary School were over the moon with their new desks do­nated to the school by a Good Sa­mar­i­tan. The dona­tion is one of a host of sim­i­lar con­tri­bu­tions made to the school af­ter a GO! & Ex­press ar­ti­cle showed Grade R pupils sit­ting on bricks and crates in class

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