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A Cooler Place to Learn

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Zinc roofing before the ceiling installation.
Principal Joyce Lacorbiniere (left) and teacher Julia Campbell with students of the Arnold Road Basic School.
After the ceiling installation.
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The Environmental Health Foundation's (EHF) and Optimist Club of Kingston Central have collaborated to provide needed assistance to the Arnold Road Basic School in the Cross Roads area.

On a visit to the school, the EHF team experienced the heat radiating from the zinc roof, which pierced the occupants in the classrooms, making teaching and learning a challenge. The windows, fans and ventilation offered very little cooling to offset the heat. This prompted EHF to make commitments to assist with the installation of a ceiling, which would make the classrooms cooler and better conducive for learning.

Through the various donations from EHF, the Optimist Club of Kingston Central and the staff at Arnold Road Basic, the ceiling was installed during the 2014 Christmas term break. Though the donations were not enough to complete the job, the hardware company, Electroplating Specialists Limited, committed to supply in full, materials and labour to complete the installation and to collect the outstanding balance when the school is able to raise the additional funds.

EHF and the Optimist Club re-visited in January 2015 and were pleased at the results of the work done. The principal and teachers have expressed their gratitude for the now-enhanced teaching and learning environment.