Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
When the reading department of the Guy's Hill High School in St Catherine received seven copies of a journal earlier this year, it meant much more than what was at first imagined.
Educating the Caribbean Child - Reshaping the World was presented by former head girl Julia Pryce.
Pryce, now a journalist, used the occasion to reconnect with her alma mater, and to inspire confidence in the student body. Through hard work and determination they can achieve their goals, was her message.
"She was very encouraging to the students. She told them that if they work and remain focused then they would achieve their goals, as she had done, and that even when persons discouraged her from pursuing mass communication, her determination took her through," said Joan Davis, vice-principal of the school.
Pryce, who was born in Golden Grove, St Catherine, graduated from Guy's Hill High in 2003 with a slew of CSEC subjects. Her ambition to do well took her to sixth form at Manchester High School.
"She was a very bright student who earned the respect of her peers while in school and was always involved in the arts. It was clear that her mind was set on becoming a journalist," Davis said.
The journal has contributions from several renowned personalities, including the late Professor Rex Nettleford, Christopher Sirjue and past principal of Guy's Hill High School, Timothy Bailey.
The book spoke about the rural township and included what everyday life was like there, touching on business, education, environment and a host of other topics.
Pryce said she felt proud to be able to assist the growth of the school which had helped to structure her life.
A number of students, teachers and workers told The Gleaner the addition of the books would certainly bolster the school's reading department.