Western News

Claremont Basic School to get help

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, November 24, 2011    

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CLAREMONT, Hanover — HELP is on the horizon for the Claremont Basic School in Hanover which has been without electricity, piped water and a decent road leading to the facility during its over 30-year existence.

Yesterday a group of visitors vacationing at the Round Hill Hotel in the parish — at the request of their long time friend Paula Kerr-Jarrett — visited the early childhood institution where they presented the students with gift items, including a variety of textbooks.

The group of American tourists was headed by ABC news reporter Claire Shipman, who is also the author of the book Womenomics and the wife of James 'Jay' Carney, press secretary of US President Barack Obama.

Shipman, whose party included her two children, Hugo, 10 and Della 6 and two of her childhood friends, later told the Observer West about plans to adopt the school.

"We are hoping that we can have a long-term connection with the school. So we are hoping when we come back we can provide some things that are needed by the school. We are planning to adopt the school," Shipman expressed.

And Kerr-Jarrett noted that yesterday's presentation was the first step towards the partnership with local and international partners to garner assistance for the constituency of Eastern Hanover in particular and Jamaica in general.

Kerr-Jarrett is the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Eastern Hanover.

Meanwhile, Principal at the Claremont Basic School, Charlene Binns-Leon has expressed delight at the proposed adoption of the school, which has 30 students on roll, whose ages range from three to six years old.

"I am feeling really good because I have been hoping somebody would adopt this school as there are really things that we need that the community cannot really afford at this moment," said an elated Binns-Leon.

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