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St Michael's Primary library comes to life again

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
Eleven-year-old Leanna Mitchell assists employees of PWC to remove old books from the library at St Michael’s Primary School in Kingston as the company undertook its Labour Day project, yesterday.

The library at St Michael's Primary School on Tower Street in downtown Kingston has been out of use for several months, due, in large part, to termite infestation. But now, with the help of PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) Jamaica, it is to breathe again.

"The objective is to clean, dust, wipe, and paint the walls of the library as we endeavour to have it return to being a useful resource centre for the students at this school," said Assurance Manager Shelly-Ann Henry.

She said that PWC's selection of the library was an easy decision.

"Over the years, the school has been trying to get a fully functional library, but for a number reasons, was unable to. Now they will, with the help of PWC," Henry said.

A 25-member PWC team, including members of its sports club, students, teachers, and some parents, turned out for the much-needed "redoing of the library area" at a school that has a student population of 215.

The Labour Day project, Henry said, was meant to cement the longstanding relationship that PWC has with the school.

St Michael's Primary is located a stone's throw away from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in central Kingston and has suffered for years because of the violence in and around the community. This has depressed enrolment, but Henry is hoping that with a renovated library, the school will attract more students and enhance its status.

"It is a lot of work that's needed here, but the payback is that children will have a clean, modern library to enjoy and to enhance their education," she said.

For 11-year-old Leanna Mitchell, upgrading the library couldn't have come any earlier. She said that it was a blessing and that it showed what Labour Day was all about.

"I am happy that they are helping to fix the library. It was so dirty and messed up, but I am hoping that we can get to use it soon," she told The Gleaner.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com