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JPS Foundation/Marubeni donate GK Foundation

Published:Thursday | January 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Photo JPS president and CEO, Kelly Tomblin (right), presents a cheque valued at JA$500,000 to GraceKennedy and Staff Community Development Foundation Board Director Frank James. The contribution was made by JPS Shareholder, Marubeni, through the JPS Foundation. Sharing in the moment are (from second left): JPS Foundation manager, Nathelie Taylor; GraceKennedy and Staff Community Development Foundation Board Director, Simon Roberts; Tanesha Boswell of The Queen's School; general manager of the GraceKennedy and Staff Community Development Foundation, Tanketa Chance-Wilson; and St Andrew Technical High student, Daniel Santos.

JPS shareholder Marubeni has donated $500,000 to the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Centre.

The donation was made through the JPS Foundation, in keeping with the Foundation's focus on development projects in energy, science and technology. The STEM Centre is Grace and Staff's latest venture, implemented through funding from the United States Agency for International Development and in association with the ICD Ltd, the Ministry of Education, and other partners. The centre incorporates traditional science labs, robotics, a computer centre for projects, a 3-D printer, and interactive whiteboard facilities for enhancing teaching visuals. It also provides access to interactive science and technology programme material. Although the STEM Centre primarily serves students in downtown Kingston, the plan is to grant access to students from across the Corporate Area.

JPS president and CEO, Kelly Tomblin, noted "this learning centre is an excellent resource for our young people to explore opportunities in the STEM sectors. Marubeni fully supports educational projects such as our JPS Foundation Model Schools project, and is very pleased to contribute to this programme. We look forward to strengthening this partnership."