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IGT warms the hearts at Holy Trinity

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
Reece Wright receives a peice of cake from Debbie Green, general manager International Gaming Techology, during a Christmas treat at the Holy Trinity School in Kingston.
Debbie Green, general manager, International Game Techology hands out cake to students at the International Game Technology after-school Christmas treat at the Holy Trinity High School yesterday.
Students join with Debbie Green to cut the cake.
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Technology and gaming services provider International Gaming Technology (IGT)

yesterday gave computer technology students at the Holy Trinity High School a taste of an early Christmas as part of their annual outreach under their After-School Advantage Programme.

"Giving and then spreading Christmas cheer is more than just corporate responsibility for IGT. It is really part of our DNA to assist in this area, and so we are here to spread some love at this time," said IGT General Manager Debbie Green.

She said that students have been doing well under the programme in that they have made use to the opportunity through access to computers services and that IGT was proud of its contribution.

IGT's After-School Advantage Programme invests up to US$15,000 to equip and maintain computer labs with partner institutions that lack the means to provide a technology-based education.

The programme started in 2011 with the Dunrobin Primary School. The following year, IGT outfitted Holy Trinity High School's information technology room with computers and a multifunction printer.

"We assist 14 centres, and many of them did not have access to computers before now, so we see it as important that the children who utilise these facilities have a better appreciation," said Green.

"And so, as we usually do, each December, we show the centres we are associated with some good cheer with Christmas cakes and other goodies as a sign of our continued friendship," Green said.

Suzette Palmer, chairperson for the local arm of IGT's After-School Advantage Programme, told The Gleaner that it was customary to take some cheer to children.

"We are doing some work at the SOS Children's Village in Stony Hill; the SOS Children's Village, Montego Bay; the Mustard Seed Community in Spanish Town; the St Anthony's Mustard Seed Community (for teen mothers); Mustard Seed, Papine; and Gift of Hope in Mandeville," Palmer noted.

She said that computers that were previously presented to the now-defunct Jamaica Christian Boys' Home would now be handed over to the Maxfield Park Children's Home as plans to expand the programme pick up pace.

Senior teacher at Holy Trinity High Testena Hyatt, who has responsibility for the IGT programme, said that the continued relationship with the tech company had been bearing fruit and that while they remained part of the Trinity family, there was no doubt that her students would do well.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com