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Gleaner brings gift to Elim ahead of Teachers' Day

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 11:03 PM
Members of The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited hand over a microwave oven to Elim Early Childhood Development Centre in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine yesterday. Also in the picture are staff members and students.
Felicia Roberts (second right), business development & marketing executive at The Gleaner (Media) Company Ltd; greets Venese Williams Burrell (second left), principal of the Elim Early Childhood Development Centre in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine; while Herlena Williams (left), administrator at the school; Burchell Gibson, circulation manager; Terry-Anne Wilson (third right), assistant manager, business development & marketing; and Mary Dick, assistant training manager, look on.
Students at Elim Early Childhood Development Centre in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine read a copy of the Children's Own during a Teachers' Day handover ceremony held on Tuesday.

The staff at the Elim Early Childhood Development Centre in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine, woke up yesterday morning to the newest addition to the school - a brand new microwave oven presented to them by The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited in observance of Teachers' Day.

The presentation was made on Tuesday at the school by a team from the Gleaner which included Terry-Anne Wilson, assistant manager, business development & marketing; Mary Dick, assistant training manager; Burchell Gibson, circulation manager, and Felicia Roberts, business development & marketing executive.

Wilson said the gesture was a continuation of The Gleaner's support for teachers within the annual Teachers' Day celebrations.

"In the past we have had a number of activities across the island in recognition of Teachers' Day," declared Wilson.


Making a difference


"This year we wanted to make a difference, not just for the day, but to do something that would have a long-term, tangible effect on a group of teachers and their students."

According to Wilson, selecting Elim for the gift was based on input from the staff of The Gleaner.

"After deciding on the project, we invited staff members to submit the schools in their communities that they thought should benefit and Elim stood out as the school that deserved the gift," she added.

Roberts (also a parent), who nominated the school, said it wasn't a difficult task to select Elim.

"The most difficult part was using only 100 words to convince the team that Elim deserved the gift," she told The Gleaner.

Principal of the school Venese Williams Burrell expressed her deep appreciation for the gift on behalf of her teachers.

"We can't thank The Gleaner enough; we needed one so badly. It's like a dream come true; this is significant," she stated.

Administrator of the school Herlena Williams described the gift as a blessing from the Lord.

"We had one (microwave) for 10 years and the door started to fall apart. This is indeed divine intervention; it will be very useful for warming babies' meals at the day care and for teachers to warm their lunches," she noted.

The team also visited the various classes, greeting and engaging all the teachers and the two to five-year-old students who all received copies of The Children's Own.