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Facelift for MoBay school

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Gary Rhodes, from the maintenance department at Secrets Resorts and Spas, hands painting supplies to his colleague, Kevoy Smith, as they paint sections of the second floor and the roof at the Catherine Hall Primary School in Montego Bay on Ash Wednesday.
Joan Denton, executive housekeeper at Secrets Resorts and Spas in Montego Bay, paints a section of the Catherine Hall Primary School, Montego Bay, during a community outreach project undertaken by Secrets Resorts and Spa on Ash Wednesday.
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Some 35 members of the maintenance and housekeeping departments of Secrets Resorts and Spas to spent time brightening sections of the Catherine Hall Primary School building in Montego Bay on Ash Wednesday. Playing equipment, broken benches and chairs were also repaired.

Work began early and ended with many participants returning to their respective duties at the resort. The team included, staff members who were on their day-off but who opted join the volunteer effort. Their goodwill gesture was a pleasant surprise for the 1,300 children upon their return to school last Monday.

Secrets' general manager, Emilio Huhn, said the management plans to undertake a number of community projects in and around Montego Bay this year. He emphasised, however, that a greater level of emphasis would be given to education.

"Contributing towards children's educational development in any form is the most rewarding contribution that any entity can make. That's a lifetime investment," Huhn affirmed.

"We are most grateful. It was really needed; it will go a far way in enhancing the teaching-learning environment. This is the type of partnership that we are looking for from corporate Montego Bay/Jamaica. As a school, we could not have done this on our own," said school principal Dudley Jennings.