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Raymonds Community Centre gets facelift on Labour Day

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMShanique Samuels
Mayor of May Pen, Scean Barnswell.

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

LABOUR DAY activities in Clarendon got off to a smooth start with the parish project beginning as early as 8:30 a.m.

The Raymonds Community Centre was chosen as the main parish project because of the quadruple murder that took place in the nearby Monymusk Housing Scheme. Councillor Scean Barnswell said the project is in line with the national theme of repairing and upgrading recreational sites, parks and play areas for children in keeping with the theme 'Labour of Love: Nurturing Our Children'.

A brand-new perimeter fence was installed to secure the property as well as persons who use it.

"As it is now, the playing field is slightly elevated and oftentimes the boys can be seen chasing the ball across the busy thoroughfare, so the perimeter fence will stop that from happening and create some amount of safety for them. The building itself will be painted inside out, the main entrance gate was repaired, and a pedestrian crossing installed," Barnswell explained.

One of the rooms on the building will be converted into a resource room, and will be fitted with wireless Internet and other equipment that will be useful in assisting students with homework and other assignments.

"It will also create an area of integration and socialisation for children and adults of the three surrounding schemes: Savannah, Raymonds and the Monymusk Housing Schemes," said Barnswell.

Meanwhile, at Hayes Primary School, one of several projects which were spearheaded by Jamalco saw the repainting of the school building.

Phillip Biggs, senior community relations officer, explained that as part of the company's Labour Day efforts, it will be undertaking activities in the communities within Clarendon and Manchester where it has operations.