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Retired teachers of the Cross Primary and Junior High School in Clarendon, Myrtle Roye, Daphne Lawrence, and Hortense Cunningham have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to the education field.
At a ceremony, which was held last week at the St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church Hall in the parish, former Minister of Information Senator Burchell Whiteman who was guest speaker at the event extended congratulations to Mrs. Roye, Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Cunningham, for their service over the years.
“When you have given the length and quality of service that past students, can praise you, parents praise you, your colleagues in your profession praise you, others from the community praise you, and the church praises you, we know it has been quality service,” Mr. Whiteman stated.
He said further that the teachers possessed the spirit of volunteerism, which caused them go above the call of duty in order to make the school a better institution, and to make more effective citizens of the young people who came under their tutelage.
The former Education Minister also encouraged the teachers to document their expertise and ideas, so that this could be shared with the younger generation of teachers and help to pass down some of the values and attitudes, which would help to shape a decent society.
Custos of Clarendon R. James deRoux referred to the honourees as “gentle, dignified ladies of unquestioned integrity who have served their parish with distinction”.
“Not only have they served in the classroom but they’ve served outside of the classroom also with distinction,” he added, explaining that Mrs. Roye, a senior Justice of the Peace for Clarendon was for many years President of the Clarendon Lay Magistrates Association and was also recognized for her work by the Commonwealth Lay Magistrates Association.
He pointed out that Mrs. Cunningham, who is also a Justice of the Peace, had made several years of contribution to the Girl Guides Movement, with distinction. In addition he said that Mrs. Lawrence had distinguished herself as a lay preacher in the Anglican Church.
Mrs. Roye contributed 38 years to the school, while Mrs. Lawrence served for 32 years, and Mrs. Cunningham 31 years, with the last ten years in the capacity of Vice Principal.
The honourees were presented with citations, plaques, and other gifts from the school Board, the staff, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), the Past Students Association (New York and local chapters), and Juici Patties.