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Sagicor Foundation adopted schools’ renovations complete

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Sagicor Foundation executive director and vice president, Group Marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica, Simone Walker (right) shows off the newly installed mural at the D. Frank's Early Childhood Institution to Sagicor Foundation chairman, R. Danny Williams during the official handover ceremony to close out the school's participation in the 2017/2018 Adopt-A-School programme. Sharing in the moment is the school's principal Gloria McKenzie.

The three Sagicor Foundation 2017-2018 adopted schools, AME Basic School in Portland Cottage, D'Frank's Early Childhood Institution in Greenvale, Manchester, and Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution in Ramble District, Hanover, have closed out their school year with a 'bang', unveiling the major renovation works completed at the schools by Sagicor under its Adopt-A-School programme.

The foundation invested over $12 million for the programme, which was heavily focused on improving the overall physical infrastructure of the schools to provide the students with a more comfortable and safe learning environment.

In addition to the construction and upgrades done at the schools, a number of social, educational and health-related activities were also held throughout the school year to engage the children. These included a Christmas treat, a back-to-school health fair, reading day and school's closing fun day.

Chairman of Sagicor Foun-dation R. Danny Williams reiterated Sagicor Foundation's commitment to giving back, building communities and positively impacting the lives of Jamaicans.

"The Sagicor Foundation is fully committed and dedicated to improving the lives of the people in the communities we serve; while caring, inspiring and serving is at the heart of what we do and why we do it," he said.

"With education being a core focus for us at Sagicor, we will continue to play our part in ensuring that our children learn and grow in a clean, comfortable and safe environment, according to the standards set by the Early Childhood Commission."


Outline of work done


Some of the major renovations done at the schools were:

=AME Basic School - a new classroom was constructed for the K-3 students; previously, the children were being taught in a church on the compound. A new perimeter fencing was erected, school repainted, bathrooms repaired, play area upgraded, water tank upgrade and roof expansion ,and the building of a walkway.

- D'Frank's Early Childhood Institution - a new metal bannister was installed along walkway, the old one was wooden and decaying; a new sickbay built and furnished, expansion of the roof along the walkways, repainting of school, upgrade of water tank system.

- Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution - an emergency exit staircase was built; refurbishing of kitchen and bathroom, provision of new water tank, extensive termite treatment and installation of mosquito mesh and repairs to windows.

All schools received new child-friendly classroom furniture, storage shelves, whiteboards and first aid kits.

The 2018-2019 Adopt-A-School programme will run from September 2018 to July 2019.