Lances Bay Basic honours its stalwarts
Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
WESTERN BUREAU:The Lances Bay Basic School in Hanover recently honoured two senior members of the community who have contributed to the development of the school and the well-being of the students enrolled there, over the decades.
The two awardees were Myrna Whyte and Phyllis Kerr. Although Kerr was unable to attend the celebrations, due to illness, both ladies were toasted at the function, which was staged by members of the school's Parent Teachers' Association and past students of the institution.
Whyte, 74, has been a member of the school's board of directors and has held the title of corresponding sponsor since 1982, when the Government of Jamaica started to provide a subsidy to the institution. In her prime, she worked at the now defunct Lannon Ball Factory in Lucea and as a clerk with the Hanover Parish Council's water truck delivery programme.
She is our heroine in the community," principal of the school, Pauline Steen, told Western Focus. "Auntie Myrna is so dedicated to the school. She represents the school at any meeting, many times at her own expense. She makes sure Lances Bay Basic School is always represented. All the children love her."
As for Kerr, Steen said she was a shining light for the institution, with a tender heart for the children.
"In 2004, she got the name 'Lances Basic School school bus," Steen said, "because she does not leave the children after school is dismissed. Even when the parents meet her on the road, she would not leave those children. She would take them right up the hill straight to their homes. So one parent at that graduation in 2004 was giving her a gift and said she should take no offence, but when she looked at her going up the hill with the children, it is only school bus that takes up children. She is good with the children and to others within the community.
I don't want to scatter roses after ... I love to give flowers before they can't hear, to know that people loved them. That's why I came up with the idea; I was thinking about it for a long time, so I said 2014 will not pass because I don't know what can happen," she added.
The Lances Bay Basic School is the feeder school to the neighbouring Esher and Cove primary schools. The school was established by the Lances Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church more than three decades ago.