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LIBRARY OPENS: Adam Stewart (left), CEO of Sandals Resorts International and president of the board for the Sandals Foundation, participates in the ribbon-cutting exercise with (from second left) Carlton Forrest, principal; Winnifred Chisholm, vice-chairperson for the school board; and Courtney Miller, Sandals Whitehouse's general manager.

A library fit for Kings

Kings Primary and Infant School gets new library and computer room from the Sandals Foundation

Students and teachers at the Kings Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland are now proud owners of a state-of-the-art library and computer room, thanks to the efforts of the Sandals Foundation and key sponsors, Unique Vacations Ltd, LoyaltyOne Air Miles, and Tropicars.

The foundation and its partners invested a total of JMD$6 million into the project, with Tropicars donating 2,000 books valued at US$8,000. The computer lab, which is outfitted with 15 computers, is a major boost to the school's teaching-and-learning initiatives.

"We are simply overjoyed by the generosity of the Sandals Foundation and their partners," said principal Carlton Forrest.

He continued, "This magnificent facility will be the catalyst for improved performance in literacy and numeracy throughout the entire school, and will serve to enhance and develop the technological skills of our 178 students."

According to Heidi Clarke, director of programmes for the Sandals Foundation, "Reading is fundamental to improving children's vocabulary, developing their imagination, providing them with information about the world around them, and giving them the tools to succeed in all subject areas in school."

She also expressed heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors who made the project a reality, "Working alongside our amazing partners to provide the children of King's Primary and Infant School with this facility, new computers, and the best of the best in children's literature is just one more step towards improving the literacy of our Jamaican children. We are so grateful to Unique Vacations, LoyaltyOne Air Miles and Tropicars, whose sponsorships help to make our programmes that much more impactful."

Denecia Perry, a student at Kings Primary, couldn't wait to get her hands on one of the attractive-looking fairy tales that were on the shelves.

"I love it here! There are so many books to read, I don't think I will be able to complete them before the year ends," she said, in awe as she sat down to enjoy one of the books.

The Sandals Foundation and Sandals Whitehouse assist in a number of activities at the school, including environmental awareness initiatives inclusive of field tours, marine lessons and various clean-up exercises. 

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