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  • Chisholm Basic School, off Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew, has received $100,000 from the Transport Authority (TA) to develop a play area.
  • The money will aid with making the school compliant with standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).
  • The institution has been the beneficiary of several projects from the Authority, including repairs to its roof for Labour Day 2013.

Chisholm Basic School, off Maxfield Avenue in St. Andrew, has received $100,000 from the Transport Authority (TA) to develop a play area and other facilities for the over 40 children there.

Speaking at a handing over ceremony held on March 26 at the school, Managing Director at TA, Donald Foster, reported that the funds were provided from the recent JDV Wellness Festival, where the Authority was the overall winner in the competition.

Mr. Foster noted that the money will aid with making the school compliant with standards set by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).

“The students of the Chisholm Basic School will also benefit from the success of the Authority’s employees, as the school was selected because it has shown determination in pursuing their vision to foster the mental, physical and all-round development of the children for greater outcomes,” the Managing Director said.

Stressing that the TA has invested heavily in ensuring standards in the public transportation system, Mr. Foster said its long association with the school is similarly aimed at ensuring adherence to the standards of the early childhood sector, to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

The institution has been the beneficiary of several projects from the Authority, including repairs to its roof for Labour Day 2013.

The TA has, since 1994, assisted other schools in the Maxfield Park community as part of “the goal of fostering and supporting the development of the community’s children,” Mr. Foster stated.

Meanwhile, teacher at the school, Beverly McCain, told the gathering that the generosity of the Authority is part of the school growth and that it demonstrated, “commitment and belief in the education of our youth for the future of Jamaica”.