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  • The aesthetics of the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School in Montego Bay, St. James, has received a boost, courtesy of the St. James Police.
  • The work, undertaken by the police, in collaboration with men from the community, included replacing the school’s perimeter fencing, renovating the garbage receptacle and removing bulky waste surrounding the area.
  • A garden was also established, as part of the overall beautification of the school’s surroundings.

The aesthetics of the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School in Montego Bay, St. James, has received a boost, courtesy of the St. James Police.

The work, undertaken by the police, in collaboration with men from the community, included replacing the school’s perimeter fencing, renovating the garbage receptacle and removing bulky waste surrounding the area.

A garden was also established, as part of the overall beautification of the school’s surroundings.

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) also assisted in the execution of the clean-up exercise.

In an interview with JIS News, Head of the Community Safety and Security Branch for the St. James Police, Inspector Yvonne Whyte-Powell, said the beautification project is to ensure the highest quality of education in an environment that is conducive for student growth.

Inspector Whyte-Powell added that the project was an extension of the summer camp programme.

She noted that when the new school term begins, “the children coming out to play are no longer looking at garbage, but they are looking at an aesthetically pleasing place”.

Inspector Whyte-Powell said the new fence that was installed would improve the safety and security of the students and staff at the institution.

In the meantime, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also donated two 1,000-gallon water tanks to the Salt Spring Primary and Infant and the Hartford Basic schools, in an effort to alleviate water challenges faced by both institutions.

She expressed gratitude to members of the community who worked with the police to improve the welfare of the students in Salt Spring.

“The community members came out and they really played their part, so they did a lot of the physical labour, and it was really great where the community and the police worked together as a team. It was just one team working together to achieve the same objective, which is to transform lives and to transform the Salt Spring community,” she said.