The Star (Jamaica)
New Green Primary alumna donates tablets to students
New Green Primary and Infant School in Manchester received a boost in its efforts to ensure that students are properly equipped with tablet computers to aid their learning.
Recently, past student Julie Roberts from the UK donated tablets and other school supplies to needy students.
“I wanted to give back to Jamaica and I thought I would start with the school that I attended for my elementary education. I made some calls and got contributions and we got seven tablets. We got several stationery items, cosmetic products, school wear for the students, and a little treat,” she said.
Roberts, who is a registered nurse, said everyone has a duty to help others and to make a difference in someone’s life, once they are able to do so.
“Education is the key to success and the fact that we are able to help with a tablet or a book or a pen, it is going to take the burden off the parent and help that child to stay in school. There are so many other needs, not just at the school but elsewhere that I want to help, and I am already in dialogue with some local service clubs to see what we can do,” she said.
Through its tablet drive, school administrators are trying to ensure that the approximately 353 students enrolled all have reliable devices.
“Even though we are face-toface, there are times when they do research in the classrooms and they use the tablets … . We don’t know when this pandemic will ever end and we want to ensure that, should in case we have another shutdown, we will be able to function online, or, even if we don’t shut down, we can still reach those who for one reason or another can’t come in the physical space,” said Vice-principal Marcia Edwards-Lennon. She expressed gratitude for the donation and encouraged stakeholders and past students to continue giving support.
“One of our greatest needs right now is the perimeter fencing. We don’t really allow the children to go out to play per se. There is a part of the fence that is down and we are a bit scared, especially for grades one to three. So, right now, we have to be extra careful. We are still seeking donations to get that part fixed. The Walters’ family did part of it and now we need help to fix the other parts,” she said.
Edwards-Lennon added that, despite the challenges, the institution is working creatively to maintain efficiency with the resources available.