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Courts celebrates teachers

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Debbie Rowe (second left), merchandising officer at Courts Jamaica, and her colleague Geaton Porter, present St Aloysius Primary vice-principal Marcia Pitter (right) and her assistant, Pamela Pitter, with their tokens during a luncheon on Teachers’ Day last Wednesday.

Courts Jamaica fÍted educators and other staff from three schools, one per region, on Teachers' Day, May 4.

St Aloysius Primary (eastern region), Santa Cruz primary and Junior School (western region), and Jericho Primary School (central region), were the selected institutions.

All 28 Courts branches were asked to submit the names of schools to be entered to win a luncheon for all the teachers at three of the institutions. Courts Jamaica then drew the names from the respective regions and called the winning schools to organise the treat.

The staff at St Aloysius were treated at Alhambra Inn, where, ironically, principal Althea Palmer had been making plans to take her hardworking team.

"We feel blessed and treasured," said Palmer. "It shows that corporate Jamaica cares. We are honoured." Of the three schools, St Aloysius had the largest staff complement, with 54 individuals turning out to be treated.

INNERCITY OASIS

The Duke Street-based school is very popular in the Corporate Area, especially with families from downtown Kingston.

"We call our school 'the oasis of the inner city'," said Palmer. "We are very sought-after. We do very well and we hope to continue that." Teachers were shuttled to the venue, treated to fine dining, and then presented with Courts Jamaica tokens. Twenty-six teachers from Jericho Primary and 28 from Santa Cruz were also fÍted.

"We appreciate you," said Kimberly Bonner, administrative manager for Courts King Street bargain centre. "Teachers are regarded as the backbone of Jamaica." She lauded the staff for helping to build the character of students, thus aiding the positive development of society. At all three events, one staff member won an Alcatel tablet.