JIS News

Some 244 students from small communities in and around the Essex Valley region of St. Elizabeth have received back-to-school assistance worth $2.5 million from Alumina Partners of Jamaica (ALPART).
Public Relations Manager at ALPART, Lance Neita told JIS News that this was not the first time that the company was engaging in such a venture.
“This is very much in keeping with our motto: ‘In partnership for Jamaica’s progress’. The major portion of the education allocation for 2005 will accommodate 14 university and tertiary scholarships worth $1.2 million, in continuation of a scholarship programme launched last year by ALPART’s General Manager, Darrel Harriman,” he said.
Mr. Neita also noted that ALPART has presented academic awards worth $7,000 each to the 30 most outstanding students from primary and all-age schools around the alumina plant who qualified for secondary or high school education this year.
“In addition, back-to-school vouchers have been presented to 200 students through our Community Council system. These are students in need of uniforms, schools supplies and other accessories, and these vouchers were distributed in the 45 communities in the company’s operating area at the Council’s monthly meeting on August 18,” he said.
Member of Parliament for South East St. Elizabeth, Lenworth Blake had high praise for the company.”This is truly a magnificent corporate gesture in assisting families in need of help to send their children back to school, for as we know, education is the tool that can open the doors to a much brighter future,” he told JIS News.
For her part, President of the ALPART/Essex Valley Schools’ Council, Verna Bromfield encouraged the bauxite and alumina company to “keep up the good work”.
“Speaking from my own personal experience as head of the Community Council, I know that this is very much a part of the culture developed by the workers and managers of the company. ALPART’s annual education and safety motivation programmes conducted jointly with the local schools impact positively on over 20,000 students each year,”she said.