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Together we Grow: St Jago Prep recommits to becoming the top school in the LASCO REAP competition

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 1:10 AM
Principal of St Jago Cathedral Preparatory School, Andrea Baugh (second left) and her students welcome LASCO REAP director, Stephen Newland (left); Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson (centre); LASCO brand manager, Nicole Masters (second right), and 4-H Club Representative, Collin Woodham (right) to the LASCO REAP launch held on Tuesday at St Jago Cathedral Preparatory School.

Former LASCO REAP champions St Jago Cathedral Preparatory School is determined to top more than 200 schools with robust environmental clubs with the hope of reaping the rewards of practising environmental safety and preservation.

The school recently hosted the St Catherine launch of the LASCO ReLeaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) under the theme, 'Together, We Grow'.

Now in its fifth year, LASCO REAP seeks to increase community engagement in saving and preserving the environment by not only instilling the best practises in children from a young age, but by re-educating our young adults and engaging the strongest community per square mile in Jamaica, churches.

"LASCO is proud of the growth and development of LASCO REAP over the past five years. It is truly inspiring to see the energy and excitement of the students and teachers expressed through the programme," said Nicole Masters, brand manager, LASCO Distributors.

"We still see the vibrant participation of schools, such as St Jago Cathedral Prep, which has been with REAP since 2011. These students and teachers are highlights in the journey to preserve and improve our environment," Masters added.

LASCO Affiliated Companies has pledged its support for REAP, and since inception has committed over $30 million to carry out the initiative. The programme has grown tremendously from 50 schools in the first year to over 250 schools, and four years later, and engaged over 500,000 students across the island.

Through the project, over 150 gardens have been started and improved, 12,500 trees planted, and 1.2M plastic bottles collected.