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Brimmer Vale High goes green

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2016 | 4:00 AM

In an effort to simultaneously modernise Brimmer Vale High in St Mary and raise awareness about the need to protect the environment, students celebrated Earth Day last Friday by planting more than 50 trees on their school compound.

According to the school's principal, Evorine Henry-Tracey, the students coordinated the project, in conjunction with the Forestry Department and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), to help ensure the planet is left in good condition for future generations.

She told The Gleaner: "We're really happy with the partnership between the Forestry Department and JPS because it will help us continue with our Green Project, which is something the student council came up with to provide shade around the compound and make the environment a bit more learner-friendly.

"They thought trees were a good way to go and started discussions with the Forestry Department, and when JPS came on board, we thought it was a golden opportunity, and what better day for us to be planting the tress than on Earth Day."

JPS president and CEO Kelly Tomblin described the tree-planting initiative as "... a far-reaching project that really matters to the economy".

She explained: "We all know that culture change starts with young people, so we are doing that in a number of different ways. We have BizTown with Junior Achievement Jamaica, and in schools we have Energy Champions, and we're going to be doing a number of different things with our Energy Clubs.

"We also have mentors in schools teaching energy efficiency, and how to care for the environment and what we have. A lot of what we've been talking about is taking care of what you've been given. Just look at what we've been given," said Tomblin.