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Long Road Primary gets book gifts

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Grethel Benjamin, nee Forrester, was raised in the district of Annotto River, St Mary, about 10 miles from Annotto Bay. She attended Tryall Hill Elementary School.

Not far from Annotto River is the district of Long Road, where some of her siblings attended elementary school.

Benjamin has long moved from Annotto River, which no longer exists as a community in which people live. She had eventually become a teacher and taught for more than 40 years. Her first teaching stint was at Long Road Primary School, where she taught for a term.

Over the years, Benjamin has been visiting the area, which is replete with breathtaking views, mountains and vales, and through which a long, narrow and winding road runs.

Two weeks ago, Benjamin visited again, this time bearing gifts. On behalf of her brother, Alvin Forrester, Benjamin donated a complete set of encyclopaedia and other books to the Long Road Primary School.

Benjamin said, on behalf of her brother, "The community and the school have served some of my brothers who attended this school ... and my brother who lives in England thought it fitting to give them to the schools for the edification of the students."

The donation has been in the pipeline for a while, and now that the books have been delivered, Benjamin is hoping that "the students will make the best use of them".

"And though we are living in the technological age when everybody goes to the computer, it is necessary for us to read because reading enhances your knowledge, and we want knowledgeable students coming up as good citizens," Benjamin told the students. She advised them to use the volumes for research, and to "dig into them" to enhance their knowledge.