A fourth school in Jamaica will benefit from the Atlanta-based Integrity Children’s Fund (Integrity) to the tune of US$7,000 (J$588,000) per year.
The school, “Teamwork”, located in Flankers, Montego Bay, received the first installment via a cheque for US $3,500 (J$294,000), presented to the principal, Dr. Winsome Oban, by Integrity’s president, Major Karl Chambers, at their annual Christmas Benefit Concert at the Miller Grove High School, Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, December 12.
Major Chambers told the audience that the Fund was “thrilled” to lend financial support to Teamwork School. The funds will meet paying salaries and other financial needs.
Principal of Teamwork School, Flankers, St. James, Dr. Winsome Oban, updates Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin, on the work being carried out at her school, after she received a cheque for US$3,500 (J$294, 000) from Integrity Children’s Fund at their annual Christmas Benefit Concert at the Miller Grove High School, Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday (December 12).
“Teamwork school, as the name implies, is a school operated by a group of dynamic and extraordinary persons, dedicated to serving some of the less fortunate children in St. James. Its mandate ‘preventing rather than curing’, is personified in the execution of their duties and the results that materialize from the success of their students,” Major Chambers said.
Integrity Children’s Fund seeks to increase literacy, by providing resources, as well as promoting intellectual and social development.
Dr Oban expressed thanks to Integrity for its financial support. She said her school provides a second chance for young people, who have dropped out of school in St. James.
Over the years, the school has facilitated over 2,000 under-privileged children from the Montego Bay area. It caters to at risk students who fail the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), and have to remain in the All-Age School until they can take the Grade Nine Achievement Test.
Over the past eight years, Integrity has contributed over J$33.6 million or US$400 thousand to three schools in Kingston and St. Andrew, and one in Montego Bay.
The schools are Joy Town Learning Centre, a basic school making inroads in early childhood education in Trench Town; Operation Restoration Christian School, a remedial school attempting the educational rehabilitation of illiterate teenaged students; Peter’s Rock Preparatory School, a kindergarten and elementary school located in East Rural St. Andrew, started over 15 years ago; and its newest addition, Teamwork.