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SAJ celebrates with graduating class at adopted school

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2015 | 6:03 PM
Reverend Fr Rohan G. Tulloch, pastor, St Anne’s Church & Holy Name of Jesus Church, which oversees the Marcus Garvey School administration, does an impromptu dance with a young member of the graduating class.
Camille Spence, SAJ accounting officer, is just as happy to give this gift as this young graduate is to receive it.
Debbie Ann Dobson Bailey, SAJ human resource assistant, hands over a brand new knapsack filled with school supplies to a young male graduate of the Marcus Garvey School.
Guest speaker Stacey-Ann Reynolds, acting principal of the Montego Bay High School and past student of the Marcus Garvey School, speaks directly to the graduating class.

SAJ celebrates with graduating class at adopted school

Nineteen young students at the Marcus Garvey School in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, proudly did a slow march up to the front of the church hall in early July to a round of cheers and the flash of camera phones held by beaming parents and faculty members.

The 13 girls and six boys had earned their place at the next education tier by successfully completing their studies at the early-childhood level. According to Principal Kereen Hibbert, the school had earned accolades from the Ministry of Education because of improving educational performance.

"The school received an award from the ministry congratulating us on the major improvements made in the educational standard. Marcus Garvey was also listed as the leading school in its zone or area," she told the audience in attendance at the graduation exercise.

graduation gift

The students were rewarded with graduation gifts of backpacks filled with school supplies courtesy of the Marcus Garvey Staff Committee of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ).

The school is sponsored by the SAJ, which pays teacher salaries for eight months of the year. However, the graduation gifts were provided out of monies contributed separately by the SAJ staff, which also funds a feeding programme for the students on a monthly basis out of their own pockets.