King's Primary and Infant School gets $6 million library and computer lab
WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — Students and teachers at the King's 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 roughly $6 million into the project, which saw Tropicars donating 2000 books valued at approximately US$8000.
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. "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," she argued.
Denecia Perry, a student at King's Primary, could hardly wait to get her hands on one of the attractive-looking fairytale books 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.