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Sagicor unveils $12-million reno at three basic schools

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Sagicor Foundation recently reported that the three schools it adopted in the 2017/2018 school year — AME Basic School in Portland Cottage, Clarendon; D Frank's Early Childhood Institution in Greenvale, Manchester; and Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution in Ramble District, Hanover — unveiled completed renovations it carried out under its Adopt-A-School programme.

The financial services conglomerate said the foundation invested over $12 million in the projects, which was heavily focused on improving the overall physical infrastructure of the schools but which also included a number of social, educational and health-related activities throughout the school year.

Speaking at the handover event at AME Basic, Sagicor Group Jamaica President and CEO, Christopher Zacca reiterated the foundation's commitment to giving back, building communities, and positively impacting the lives of Jamaicans.

“The Sagicor Foundation is fully committed and dedicated to improving the lives of the people in the communities we serve; while caring, inspiring and serving is at the heart of what we do and why we do it,” he said.

“With education being a core focus for us at Sagicor, we will continue to play our part in ensuring that our children learn and grow in a clean, comfortable and safe environment, according to the standards set by the Early Childhood Commission.”

In his address, Zacca noted some of the major renovations which were done at the schools. At AME Basic School a new classroom was constructed for the K-3 students, who were previously being taught in a church on the compound. In addition, perimeter fencing was erected, the school house was repainted, bathrooms were repaired, the play area was upgraded — as was a water tank, the roof was renovated, and a walkway was built.

At D Frank's, a metal bannister was installed along the main walkway, a new sickbay was built and furnished, roofing along walkways was extended, the school building was repainted, and the water tank system was upgraded.

In the case of Haughton Grove, an emergency exit staircase was built, the kitchen and bathroom were refurbished, a water tank was installed, the premises were treated against termites, and windows were repaired with mosquito mesh.

Each of the three schools received new child-friendly classroom furniture, storage shelves, white boards and first aid kits, Sagicor said.

The 2018/2019 Adopt-A-School programme will run from September 2018 to July 2019.

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