ABERDEEN, St Elizabeth:THE ABERDEEN Primary and Junior High School community recognised the great work of two of its former servants at an appreciation function recently.
The event titled 'Evening Extraordinario' was to say thanks to former principal Yvonne Daley and former vice-principal Jassett Cross, both of whom gave almost six combined decades of service.
According to the citation read by Mellisia Brooks, Cross, who gave 31 years, taught all grades expect one and two while Daley's citation, read by vice-principal Donna Smith, gave her history at the school, which disclosed her years spent at grades one and nine before becoming principal.
Both Daley and Cross are Jamaica Teacher's Association Golden Torch awardees, having given over 37 years to the education system.
Principal George Miller, who gave the welcome address, said both ladies, who attended teachers' college together, "left an indelible mark on the school community".
Audie Myers, chairman of the school board said both women "have carried their mantle with great respect".
Anthony Foster, president of the school's past students' association, praised the institution's administration for organising the function.
"It is our duty to pay tribute to heroes and these educators are among those who have contributed over time, not only to the development of the school and its community, but to the wider nation," said Foster, who was also pleased with the brilliant display of the school's choir and other students who performed at the function.
Clayton Hall, president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association who was the guest speaker, appealed to parents in attendance to start teaching children from home.
"We must teach the young ones to listen and understand. Listening is a skill and it must be taught," he said while adding that the "message must be decoded for understanding".
"You must also teach them to communicate for understanding and reach for understanding."
He also said students must be taught to resolve disputes as this has been very costly to the nation.
Meanwhile, five other persons including the school's secretary Phillipa Wright were also recognised for more than 10 years of service,
Daley, who spoke on behalf of the honourees and awardees, described the years spent as "faith-testing, stressful, enjoyable, memorable, confrontational, critical, challenging, rewarding, but we certainly endured".