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Montego Bay High School for Girls in St. James is the beneficiary of a new classroom block, which was provided by Food For the Poor Jamaica.

Executive Director, David Mair, symbolically handed over the block, comprising three classrooms, to Acting Principal, Gairy Powell, at the school’s annual prize-giving ceremony on November 22, during which the building was dedicated.

Mr. Mair said he was pleased that Food For the Poor was able to facilitate the classrooms development, “which will add to the already rich history of this noble institution”, while acknowledging the contributions of other partner donors.

“Thanks to our donors whose generosity and compassion have resulted in more classroom space for the students and teachers, thus providing a more conducive teaching and learning environment,” he stated.

Acting Principal, Gairy Powell, said Food For the Poor’s gesture is timely as Montego Bay High is in need of expansion, adding that the provision of the new block is “a good start”.

“For the past two years, the intention of the school was to expand our subject offerings. A year ago, we introduced Performing Arts to grades 10 and 11 students. However, that subject requires an open space for students to do stage handling, and we did not have any classroom space to facilitate that kind of activity. Hence, we reached out to Food For the Poor to see if they could assist us in building such a structure,” he said.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (second right), and Acting Principal of Montego Bay High School for Girls in St. James, Gairy Powell (left), share a moment with guests participating in the brief dedication ceremony on November 22 for the institution’s new classroom block, donated by Food For the Poor. Others (from second left) are: Food For the Poor Executive Director, David Mair; retired teacher of the school, Dahlia Hewling-Robinson; and Chairperson for the School’s Board, Myrtle Dwyer. The building, which comprises three classrooms, is named in honour of Mrs. Hewling-Robinson and another retired teacher of the institution, Thora Levy.

Mr. Powell informed that the building, which houses three classrooms, will be used as the clothing and textiles centre, adding that the space previously occupied by the latter now serves as the performing arts hub.

The classroom block, which was constructed over 14 weeks, is named in honour of two of the school’s retired teachers, Thora Levy and Dahlia Hewling-Robinson.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has provided the school with $15 million, which, along with contributions from other partner donors, will be used to undertake further expansion, slated to begin in either December, or January 2019.