The Kitson Town Basic School in St. Catherine now has a fresh new look, thanks to the efforts of community volunteers on Labour Day, Monday, May 23.
Through a donation of paint and equipment from Sherwin-Williams Jamaica, valued at some $90,000, the building of the early-childhood institution was transformed from a pale and ageing blue to an energising bright yellow.
Chairman of the Kitson Town Civic Committee, which organised the day’s activities, Garfield Angus, told JIS News he wanted to give a facelift to the school that he once attended.
The veteran journalist said he contacted the school’s Principal, Charline Nathan, who identified painting as a major need, and Sherwin-Williams decided to support the initiative.
Now, after more than 12 hours of volunteerism, the building bears little resemblance to its former state.
“What you are seeing here is a community taking charge. When we look at our school, we [should] feel proud and the world will see what we have volunteered to do,” Mr. Angus noted.
Community member, Shantell Campbell, who participated in the workday, was proud to have contributed to the sprucing up of the school.
“We all worked, and I can say that our work is showing because the school is looking so beautiful,” she said.
The school’s Principal, Ms. Nathan, shared that she was excited to see the transformation of the institution she leads, noting that “it is looking very beautiful”
She thanked Mr. Angus and the Kitson Town Civic Committee, as well as other community members, for volunteering their time and effort to improve the school.
Also participating in the repainting exercise was Councillor for the Red Hills Division, Keith McCook, who commended the organisers of the Labour Day activity.
“The school is looking like a new school; It’s really uplifting for this community,” he said.
A donation of refreshment by Mr. McCook and others for the workday will be shared with the school.
“For some days to come, the children will have water and drinks,” Mr. Angus said.
Support for the project also came from community figures Wayne Thomas, Jasset Hibbert, Hugh Johnson, Althea Mitchell-Williams, Kenyama Brown and Anthony Muir.