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Dann-I gives back to primary school

Published:Saturday | November 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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As a child Dann-I said he was plagued by asthma, especially during his tenure at Friendship Primary in St Catherine, as it was often triggered by the chalk dust in his classroom. It was this issue that drove the singer to donate whiteboards to his former primary school.

"When I was younger, I was an asthmatic student and it used to affect my school attendance, and I realised that it was the chalk dust that used to trigger the asthma," he told The Gleaner.

On a recent visit to the school with his siblings, who are also past students of the institution, Dann-I said he realised that the chalk nuisance was still very much present. This is what, he said, led to his donation.

"It is just something I decided to do without any publicity," he said.

Dann-I donated whiteboards for the eight grade one and two classes.

"The fact that we did grades one and two, the other grades got jealous and the school had to replace the boards in the other classes," Dann-I said.


Based on how inexpensive it was to take on this project, Dann-I said others should try to contribute in whatever way they could to other causes.

"It nuh expensive, so I would like all of the schools to replace blackboards with whiteboards. I wanted to do grade one, but when we saw the invoice, we realised that we could do more without exhausting the budget," he told The Gleaner, while thanking those who helped him with the project.

"Anybody that can play a part in enhancing the kids' education, or society, nutten nuh wrong wid dat. Anything we can do to advance the youth's education, make a step forward and do it - no more sitting around and talking about it," he said.

Dann-I said his career continued to accelerate with Uncle Come still getting good reviews, and he would be releasing the music video for Honey Lips soon. He is also very excited about being booked for this year's Sting stage show.