The Race Course Primary School in Clarendon has honoured 22 teachers, and five ancillary staff for long and dedicated service to the institution.
Among those recognised at a special function held recently on the school grounds were: teachers Lilieth Solan, Silvea Taylor, Alminda Kallicharan, Lunette Foster, and Dorrette Gardener, for more than 30 years of service. Miss Solan, Miss Kallicharan, and Miss Foster, will be retiring at the end of the school year.
Principal of the institution, Leighton Johnson, expressed appreciation to the honourees for their indelible contribution to the school community. He had special commendations for those retiring, noting that they have left lasting impressions on many lives.
Students of the Clarendon-based Race Course Primary School, perform a cultural item at a function held recently on the school grounds to honour 27 teachers and ancillary staff for long and dedicated service.
“You have done well and your hard work has not gone unnoticed. We have seen your strengths, and we will emulate. You have set the standard and we are now challenged to meet them,” he said.
President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Michael Stewart, who was the guest speaker, stated that the honourees have exemplified fortitude in the many years they have dedicated to the school, and the wider community. “Our colleagues being honoured here this afternoon have certainly been good role models. They have contributed significantly to Race Course Primary, and I urge you to continue to build on the positives,” he noted.
In his tribute, past student of the school, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donavon Stanberry, said that the teachers have helped to positively mould the lives of students and contribute to the development of the Race Course community.
“Your work has helped the community and it is a testament of the courage and dedication of all of you that are being honoured today,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Miss Solan, who served the school for over 35 years, told JIS News that the recognition had come at a good time.
“Although some of us are retiring, we are still alive, and to see and hear that we have done something good, makes me feel that the time spent here has had good impact on our students, and the area,” she said.
The 27 honourees received plaques from the school, with the JTA appreciation plaques presented to the five retiring teachers.