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Mount Alvernia High gets a helping hand

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
2017 will be the year for Mount Alvernia High School as the Central Florida Alumni Chapter constructs a computer lab at the Montego Bay school. Pictured at the groundbreaking exercise are (from left) principal Stacey Reynolds, Sister Myrna, Burchell McPherson, Janet Barnett, Dawn Chin Jones, president, Martin Lyn and Jackie Jarrett Nicholson.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Six years ago when it was inaugurated, the Mount Alvernia High Central Florida International Alumni Chapter set its sights on constructing a computer resource centre on the grounds of the school.

Recently, that vision became a reality when president of the chapter, Dawn Jones, and the school's administrators as well as another former student broke ground for the million-dollar project.

Jones, who resides in Tampa, Florida, explained that her vision is to plant the tools of technology into the hands and minds of all students at Mount Alvernia High.

"I believe that integrating technology into the curriculum revolutionises the learning process and positively affects student achievement and academic performance," said Jones.

She argued that students living in the 21st century must acquire skills that include personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, reasoning, creativity and strong communications skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs.

"As we collaborate in introducing learning methods aimed at improving the school through technology, Mount Alvernia students and teachers will experience the impact. It is our goal to promote a higher order of thinking, problem-solving and preparing students for tertiary education and the workplace," said Jones.

The Central Florida chapter has a growing membership of more than 250 alumni. It is the proceeds from their annual gala that has helped them raise funds for this project and provide funding for many other initiatives such as an annual three-day health fair for students, lunch and tuition programmes.

"Our community outreach programmes include the St James Infirmary, Mustard Seed, and we recently reached out to Cornwall Regional Hospital with a generous donation of much-needed defibrillators, medication, medical and surgical supplies," Jones revealed.

The computer resource centre project is a partnership with Food For The Poor, who are the builders.

The centre will be completely outfitted with 35 computer stations and an adjoining bathroom facility.

Martin Lyn & Associates, Food for The Poor, Sandals Foundation, and platinum donor Virgina Huffman all contributed to making this project possible.

Work on the centre commenced the first week in December, for completion in early 2017.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com