BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTEGO BAY, St James - THE more than 750 students attending the Albion Primary and Junior High School had much to cheer about last Friday.
The co-educational institution received a much needed boost to its computer laboratory.
Past student and Founder of the Kay Morris Foundation, Kay Morris, donated several pieces of multimedia equipment for the school's computer laboratory, which included a document camera, scanner/printer, surge protectors and a DVD player.
"With our contribution here today (Friday), the use of technology will greatly be enhanced," said Morris, who is also the president of the foundation.
A few months ago, through the instrumentality of Morris, who attended the school in the 1970s, the institution also received 25 laptop computers from Desjardins Securities of Quebec, Canada.
And weeks later, the foundation funded the painting of sections of the institution, as well as the beautification of the school's compound at a cost of $486,000.
Speaking at last week's handing over ceremony, Principal of the institution, Lenoval Morale, lauded Morris for her contribution to education.
"The school is extremely proud that Miss Kay Morris has, in a significant way, recognised the role played by her alma mater in helping to chart the course to her present status — the head of the Kay Morris Foundation — which represents an important arm of the Jamaican Diaspora impacting development in educational institutions," he said.
Morale pointed out that her contribution to Albion Primary and Junior High is a perfect fit for establishing linkages with past students and the private sector which, he noted, is one of the Ministry of Education's eight pivotal goals guiding the development of Jamaican schools.
He stressed that the donation by Morriss' foundation has ensured that the school now has a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, a technologically-capable science laboratory for use by teachers and students, and laptops available for simultaneous use in each of the classrooms.
The Kay Morris Foundation is based in Canada with offices in Ghana, West Africa. However, the foundation has, over the past few years, undertaken several projects in South America and the Caribbean.
Morris told the Observer West that her foundation has also catered to the educational needs of the Petersfield Primary School in Westmoreland.
"Just Wednesday (last week), we provided the Petersfield School with a brand new state-of-the art television set, scanner/ printer and quite a few computers and books for the library, a laminator, a DVD player and other tools," said Morris, who also attended that Westmoreland-based institution.
"I am very proud, as a Jamaican and as a past student of both schools, that I am able to do something for the advancement of education in these schools in Jamaica. We are in the age of technology and I believe that in this age of technology no child should be left behind for not having access to proper education," she explained.