Rainforest treats Iris Gelly teachers

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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The staff at Iris Gelly Primary School is accustomed to paying their own way to enjoy themselves on Teachers' Day.

This year, however, the teachers, who say they sometimes feel forgotten, were treated to a three-course seafood luncheon courtesy of Rainforest Seafoods and its corporate chef, Evrol Ebanks.

The group of 32 began the meal with cream of pumpkin and sweet potato soup with bammy croutons and smoked salmon bits. This was followed by barbecue shrimp with Spanish rice pilaf and crispy, grey snapper fillet. For dessert, they enjoyed bread pudding, chocolate ice cream and fruit compote.

“Teachers play a critical role in our society, so I ensured I pulled out all the stops,” said Ebanks of the menu. “I incorporated a lot of local ingredients to complement our premium seafood.”

The lunchoen was hosted at Rainforest's Slipe Road head office, not far from from the school which is located in the inner-city community of Jones Town in Kingston.

“We are delighted to celebrate our dedicated teachers today, particularly the staff at Iris Gelly Primary who are like family to us,” said Bethany Young, marketing and communications manager at Rainforest Seafoods. “We are grateful for the tremendous work they do for our children, our community and our country, and wanted to treat them to a delicious seafood lunch to show our appreciation.” Principal Veronica Gaynor pointed out that her staff usually raises funds to afford Teachers' Day events.

“We are so thankful for the generosity and benevolence of Rainforest Seafoods. They remembered us! When the corporate sector reaches out we really appreciate it, [because] sometimes teachers feel forgotten,” she said.

Gaynor spoke of the partnership between her school and the seafood company, which has implemented infrastructural projects including retrofitting of the computer lab, renovation of the canteen, plumbing upgrades, and the provision of potable water.

“I can't envision Iris Gelly without its partnership with Rainforest,” the principal added.

Rainforest also presented the Iris Gelly teachers with gift baskets containing a full range of its products.

“Thank you for making us feel warm and welcomed,” guidance counsellor Carol Tucker-Whyte said as she rendered thanks on behalf of her colleagues.

Teachers' Day was observed on Wednesday, May 9.

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