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Principal of the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), Curline Christie, has said that the formation of the alumni associations have helped to rekindle interest in the school located in Bumper Hall, Kingston.
Mrs. Christie, who was addressing the 2nd anniversary banquet of the Northeast United States chapter of the STATHS Alumni Association in Queen’s, New York on Saturday (Sept. 23), noted that the launch of the chapter, “has created a wave among past students, as a lot of interest is now being generated and the school spirit has reached a new high”.
“Coming out of this, the Class of ’73 has since donated scholarships for three students while several other past students have volunteered to help in the area of sports and with the mentoring programme,” she added.
Last year, the Northeast chapter provided eight scholarships to students at the school.
Mrs. Christie, who is also a STATHS alumna, said that improvements to restrooms, the staff dining room, resurfacing of the playing field and the approval of plans by the KSAC for the construction of a new block of classrooms, “have lifted the spirit of not only the (1,200) students but the adjoining communities”.Declaring, “STATHS is alive again”, Mrs. Christie urged the past students to continue to help improve the status of their alma mater.
“The challenge now is to finish what was started. We consider this project a work in progress. Looking back, we can justifiably say that we are proud of our accomplishments. It is good to know that as we enter the uncharted waters of the future, we do so knowing that there is strong scaffolding being provided by the alumni associations,” she stated.
Chairman of the School Board and alumnus, Silvera Castro told the group that “the survival of schools will depend on the help received from groups such as this (alumni association)”.
He implored those “who were privileged to walk through the noble gates of STATHS, never to cease from assisting those in need. We must endeavour to be our brother’s keeper. We must make the effort to ensure that the young men and women of the school realize their full potential”.
He later presented the principal with a cheque for US$1,000, the first of an annual donation to the school from past student Ronald Escoffery, a financial analyst in Atlanta, Georgia.
The award for long and dedicated service to the 45-year old institution was presented to Norval Sherman, who retired from the ancillary staff last year, after 39 years. The presentation was made by past student Anthony “Mano” Salmon, who said he benefited tremendously from Mr. Salmon’s generosity and kindness at lunchtime.
A moment’s silence was observed in recognition of the late principals John Holmes and Isaac Henry.