Granville All-Age to benefit from Sandals Foundation/RONA Inc partnership
Leading Canadian distributor of hardware and home improvement products, RONA Inc, has partnered with The Sandals Foundation to carry out renovations at the Granville All-Age School in St James.
Following last year's RONA and Sandals Foundation project, which saw Montego Bay's historic Boys and Girls club refreshed and its efforts re-energised, RONA Inc this year pledged more than US$5,000 towards the project.
Established in 1951, the Granville All-Age School has an enrolment of more than 860 students and is located on Chambers Drive in the Granville community.
On February 5, more than 100 volunteers from RONA along with the Sandals Foundation will carry out volunteer work. Several sections of the facility, including the restrooms, infant school and drinking fountain, will receive fresh coats of paint. Volunteers will also install new fencing, carry out landscaping and see to the building and installation of new benches at the school.
"We are so pleased to once again host this dedicated group of volunteers that have pledged both their funds and their time to upgrade another facility for our children here in Jamaica," said Heidi Clarke, director of programmes for the Sandals Foundation.
"Our volun-tourism opportunities are expanding rapidly, providing travellers to the Caribbean a chance to connect to both local people and our culture, while bringing great benefits to local communities. The experience, when coordinated well-established relationships that go way beyond the day of volunteering."
This project and partnership with RONA reflects the Sandals Foundation's ongoing commitment to education and youth development in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation actively supports education by providing infrastructural support, scholarships, teacher training and early-childhood stimulation initiatives.