DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — Parents, teachers, students and the members of Parliament in St Ann on Thursday, August 22, sang high praises for the Noranda Bauxite Partners which has continued to contribute largely to education in the parish.
Some 60 GSAT students from schools across the company's operation area, which spans two constituencies in the parish, were each awarded scholarships of $25, 000. The money will be be sent directly to the schoolsto cover their expenses.
The approximately $1.5 million spent to assist the GSAT students is only a fraction of the company's efforts this year.
Some 80 tertiary level students were employed by the company during the summer holidays to assist them with back-to-school preparations. Another 60 are to receive bursaries from the company this week.
According to operations director Delroy Dell, the company "has placed education as a top priority above all other community projects".
For his part, Skyers highlighted the importance the company places on education.
"Noranda not only mines and ships bauxite, but recognises that education is also important," he stated.
Members of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell and Keith Walford, whose constituents benefit from the Noranda operations, lauded the company for its contribution to education in the parish.
Walford said the MPs try to assist in education as much as possible but has to do so with limited resources and are grateful for Noranda's input.
He went on to congratulate the company for not only being involved in education, but for being instrumental in a number of areas in the parish such as housing, farming and sports.
Parents, too, sang praises for the company, which they say has provided much needed assistance in a financially difficult period.
"It is a good thing and I hope they will continue doing this," Shandi Allen, one parent told the Jamaica Observer North East.
"It is very helpful and especially where they find work for some students. I hope in the future they can even employ more," Neil Jordan, another parent added.
Liana Smith, awardee who gave the vote of thanks also sang praises for to the organisation.