Frankfield primary gets new toilets
WHILE SOME take the amenity for granted, students of Frankfield Primary and Infant School in Manchester recently basked in the moment of having, for the first time, lavatories flushed by water.
The project, which was conceptualised out of a need to provide healthy sanitary practices, prevent accidents and serious injury, came at a cost of J$2.3 million and was possible through the foundation formed by a past student.
"We had approached several entities, but no help was received because of the lack of piped water and the institution's terrain. At one stage, JAMALCO Foundation agreed to start the project, but the need for a classroom outweighed the toilet, so at that time we got a classroom ... . We were only able to begin work for our bathroom when our past student, Mr Caleb Page, visited the institution and our need for the facility was mentioned," Marcia Lewis-Brown, principal of the institution told Rural Xpress at a recent handover ceremony held at the institution.
The Global Foundation for Underserved Schools, formed by Page, took on the task of providing the institution with a five-seater bathroom facility over a two-year period.
A retired mechanical engineer, Page, who now resides in Ohio, United States, said, as a 1955 graduate of the institution, his hope is to establish other facilities for the academic growth of Jamaican students.
"Students, I am here with you and I will always be here with you. I am all for bringing out the best in children and doing whatever it takes to get it done ... . Once students are able to work hard, then the facilities can be provided and that is why we currently have in the pipeline plans to establish a science and research centre to challenge your curious minds and help you reach your full potential," said Page.
He added: "You have the potential, you are as good as anybody on the planet, but you have to believe it."
Head girl of the institution, Casheika Powell, in her response on behalf of her schoolmates, made a plea for the continued support of corporate Jamaica and the diaspora.
"We are eternally grateful for what you have done Mr Page, and the quality of the facility will be maintained for many years to come. We hope that this will only be the beginning and more persons will come on board and lend their aid to the development of our school," she said.
In echoing her sentiments, community relations officer of the Ministry of Education Region 5, Mark Smith, said vision without action is nothing more than hallucination, and wished similar donations for schools lacking particular resources.