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First Global assists John Rollins success

Observer West

Thursday, June 21, 2012    

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ROSE HALL, St James — LEARNING music should be of more fun to grade three students at the John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall, St James.

This reality came closer home on Monday, when financial conglomerate First Global Financial Services (FGFS) donated a computer to the institution's music lab to enhance the students learning ability through its already established music programme, dubbed 'Music, Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education.

The initiative is jointly undertaken by the GraceKennedy -owned First Global Bank (FGB) and its sister company First Global Financial Services, along with the Ministry of Education.

The programme, which ends next week, commenced last October with FGB and FGFS donating music equipment valued at over $1million to six primary schools across St James, Mandeville and the Corporate Area.

The initiative seeks to tackle literacy and numeracy difficulties in children at the grade three level.

Teachers at the participating schools have given the thumbs up to the initiative, confirming that they have seen marked improvements in participating students' academic performance.

It was against this background that Silica Sutherland, the music teacher at the John Rollins Success Primary School expressed on Monday how sad she felt knowing that such a useful project was coming to an end.

"The students and I would really appreciate if this could continue. We are going to miss it so much. The students have learned so much over the past months," Sutherland expressed.

With the computer on location, she said, students would now be able to utilise specific software to better learn music.

Maria HoSue, vice-president for business development at First Global Financial Services, said she was confident that her institutions would give consideration to the furtherance of the programme, as it had beyond any doubt, fulfilled its mandate, as she urged Sutherland, along with the school's principal Yvonne Miller-Wisdom to make an application for the programme to continue.

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