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Higgins Land Primary School gets computer lab

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 10:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Higgins Land Primary School students inside the computer lab.

ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:

Principal Claridine Allen-Wilson of Higgins Land Primary School in St Ann is expressing thanks to Jamaica Project USA for the assistance rendered to the school recently.

"I am excited to know somebody cares about us," Allen-Wilson told Rural Xpress on Tuesday.

"Partnership is important, and that's what we want to laud them for - to partner with us to ensure improvement in the teaching-and-learning process. We are grateful to Almighty God and to the team that assisted us," the principal added.

The assistance came because of a shared vision, according to the principal, after one stakeholder, Clover Virgo, was influential in getting Jacquel Tucker to seek sponsorship for the school.

 

MISSION TRIP

 

The help came from Hilton Hotels, which assisted Jamaica Project USA, formed in March 2015 by Jacquel and Shun Tucker, and which made their first mission trip to Jamaica for the effort.

In the end, the school benefited from the refurbishing of the library and the computer centre at the school and the donation of several items.

Higgins Land Primary School was recipient of eight desktop computers, one printer, eight computer chairs, five round plastic tables, with 20 plastic chairs and 300 books for the library.

Students also received school supplies and hygiene kits.

"Hilton Worldwide spreads the light and warmth of hospitality to thousands through Hilton's Global Month of Service," said a statement from Hilton.

 

Social Responsibility

 

"Corporate social responsibility works best when it is integrated into our everyday company culture. We believe at Hilton that all our properties and associates should invest into the surrounding community they live and work in."

The hotel brand said the goal is to make a permanent footprint in changing the lives of children of Higgins Land community.

Hilton, which funded the project, said the need for a library and a small computer lab at the school became a target for the brand, and along with a donation from Dell Inc and volunteers from Hilton Rose Hall, the Curio Jewel Paradise Cove and Curio Jewel Dunn's River, the dream was realised.

The cost of the project was estimated at approximately US$30,000.

Charmaine Deane, area director of sales and marketing, Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa and Jewel Resorts, said the teams from the respective properties are very conscious of the role they need to play in the community.

Meanwhile, the project marks yet another case of Jamaicans living abroad returning to contribute to their homeland.

Jacquel Tucker grew up in Higgins Land and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Maine which changed her life. She grew up watching her mom ship barrels from the United States, over several years, to distribute items to residents of the community. This kind gesture by her mother led her to get involved in charitable work and the formation of Jamaica Project USA.

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