JIS News

Over 250 students, their teachers, and 50 community volunteers, participated in a recent tree-planting exercise in Manchester and Clarendon, where some 150 trees were planted at schools in both parishes.
The effort was spearheaded by the alumina refinery company, Jamalco, which is celebrating ‘Alcoa Month of Service’ through a number of activities, of which the tree planting component is seeking to plant 2,000 trees, by the end of October, and 5,000 by year end.
Some of the schools, which benefitted from the initiative include: Harry Watch and Comfort All Age Schools in North Manchester, Pratville Infant and Primary, and Campbell Castle Primary in South Manchester. And over in Clarendon, Ashley All Age and Toll Gate All Age, were the two schools which participated in the exercise.
Public and Community Relations Administrator at Jamalco, Pamela White, told JIS News, that the company has benefitted from the communities where the schools are located, and the tree planting effort was a gesture to bolster economic, beautification, and environmental programmes at the schools.
“Alcoa Month of Service, is all about giving voluntary service to our communities, and as a corporate neighbour, we extract from the community and today, through our Environment Tree Planting Programme, we seek to give something back, in doing so we are preserving the environment,” she said.
She charged the students to “water, nurture, and continue to take care of the plants, as while they may not benefit from them immediately, their siblings and other generations will reap the mangoes and ackees”.