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Half Moon opens new library at Barrett Town All-Age

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Directors of the Half Moon Hotel and representatives of the Barrett Town All-Age School community engaging in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (From left) Christopher Anderson, programmes director of SOS Children’s Village; Shernette Crichton, director of resort operations at Half Moon; Sandro Fabris, General Manager, Doris Fabris; sixth grader Romaine Watson; Barrett Town All-Age School's principal, Jennifer Miller; board chairman, Bert Wright; Erma Clarke, director of Human Resources at Half Moon; and Sharon Logan, Half Moon’s director of sales.

The Barrett Town All-Age School in St James recently benefited from a $700,000 structural upgrading project, which was funded by the internationally acclaimed Half Moon Hotel.

Under the project, an old computer room was converted into a new library, and a new facility was constructed to house a designated lunch area for the kindergarten students. The new facilities are the latest educational development efforts of Half Moon being undertaken in St James.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the upgrade facilities was staged last week and was led by Sandro Fabris, general manager of Half Moon, and his wife, Doris.

The four-month renovation followed a donation of 200 books by Steuart Richardson, a 12-year-old United States national and Half Moon guest, who made his presentation while spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Jamaica.

"Over the years, our guests have supported Half Moon's mission and drive to uplift children in Jamaica, and words cannot express how thankful we are," said Shernette Crichton, Half Moon's director of resort operations. "Barrett Town has been our adopted school for more than 20 years, and it has been a privilege to play a role in the school's development."

In addition to the library and lunch area, Half Moon facilitates the ongoing donation of school supplies to the school, the SOS Children's Village, and the Granville Place of Safety.