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  • The Allman Town Primary School in Downtown Kingston, benefitted from some much needed renovation works yesterday (May 23), as part of Labour Day activities.
  • Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who worked alongside the parents and volunteers, said he was impressed with the support given to the school.
  • Under the initiative, the infrastructure of several early childhood, primary and special needs schools are to be upgraded over a five-year period at a cost of $15 million.

The Allman Town Primary School in Kingston, benefitted from some much needed renovation works yesterday (May 23), as part of Labour Day activities.

The project was undertaken by Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited and included painting of all exterior areas of the school building; refurbishing of bathrooms; rewiring of some classrooms; installation of safety signs and rails along stairwells; and donation of garbage bins.

Covenant Insurance Brokers also provided support for the day’s activities.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who worked alongside the parents and volunteers, said he was impressed with the support given to the school.

“This is really fabulous; this is the kind of support I have been talking about. We all need to come together and support our schools. It is our school, education is very important to all of us. The Government cannot do it alone, but this volunteerism is exactly what we need in education,” he noted.

Principal of the school, Kandi-Lee Crooks Smith, expressed her appreciation to Guardian General and to all the volunteers, who came out to assist.

“We have hand rails being added to our two stairways, so persons won’t be tripping going up or down the stairs,” she informed.

She noted that the garbage skip was removed and drums added to the space.

“What Guardian has done is to put an outside gate at the school’s perimeter wall so the garbage truck no longer needs to come on our little compound,” she explained.

“I am very grateful. I am sure when the students come in for school tomorrow they are going to say ‘wow’ this is a brand new school. I know it is going to help them in terms of their appreciation for the school and to help their creativity to flow,” the Principal noted further.

President of Guardian General Insurance Limited, Karen Bhoorasingh, informed that some $1.5 million was spent on the project. “We felt that it was important to do this,” she said.

Allman Town Primary School in Kingston is one of the beneficiaries of the insurance company’s project ‘$15 million over 5 years’ which was launched in 2015.

Under the initiative, the infrastructure of several early childhood, primary and special needs schools are to be upgraded over a five-year period at a cost of $15 million.