Dunrobin Primary School is top saver

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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THE Dunrobin Primary School in St Andrew has been named “School of the Year” in the JN School Savers' Programme, which won it $100,000 towards its infrastructural development.

Grade five teacher and school savings coordinator at Dunrobin, Sandra Graham Mitchell, was named “Teacher of the Year,” while the institution won the prize for being the Top Primary School.

Graham Mitchell and her students were announced winners of the annual competition during the JN School Savers' Programme Conference, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston recently.

Among the prizes Graham Mitchell received as “Teacher of The Year” were: a weekend for four at an all-inclusive resort; gift certificates to Buzzers Gaming Arcade, Adam & Eve Day Spa, and Konoko Falls in St Ann; a shopping spree valued at $50,000, and a plaque acknowledging her achievement.

The prizes for being the Top Primary School included: a gift basket and a gift certificate to Pandora Wellness and Spa, as well as a plaque of acknowledgement.

“I'm absolutely elated because I really didn't expect to emerge a winner at all. I am very happy and grateful that the hard work we put in as a school has paid off,” the top teacher said.

It was only three years ago that Graham Mitchell decided to revive the JN School Savers' Programme at her school, growing its membership from about 60 students to more than 100.

“The programme had been languishing for some time and I decided to revive it because I am a firm believer in saving. I also believe it is a habit that should be instilled in children from very early, to encourage them to grow up to become prudent money managers,” she said.

“… It doesn't make any sense to work to make a lot of money if you don't know how to manage it and make it work for you,” she advised, noting that she will be working even harder to ensure her school remains on top for the upcoming academic year.

Cornwall College in St James emerged the “Top High School” for the second consecutive year, while student Jamari Fearon received the award for the “Dream Big Promotion”, winning himself an all-expense paid trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Teacher and school savers coordinator Claudia Francis-Gordon is proud that her students were able to capture the Top High School award and the Dream Big Promotion prize again this year.

“I am extremely happy for my boys who worked really hard, especially Jamari, who had his eyes set on the Dream Big prize. He set his target and worked towards it,” noted Francis-Gordon, who pointed out that the school has won prizes for the last four consecutive years.

She extended congratulations to Dunrobin Primary for winning “School of the Year” and “Teacher of The Year,” and issued a challenge, “I also want them to know that we are only loaning them those trophies, as we will be coming back for them next year.”

Meanwhile, the “Top Basic School” prize went to Victoria Basic School in Clarendon; and, Paradise Preparatory in Westmoreland was named the “Top New School.”

Teacher and school savers coordinator at Victoria Basic Jacqueline Mitchell, explained that saving is slowly becoming a part of the culture in the small community where the school is located.

“We are a close-knitt community in which parents have really come together and bought into the message of saving. Many of them are helping their children to save towards specific goals, including their tertiary education,” she said...

Among the prizes for Top Basic School were: a plaque, gift basket, and a gift certificate to Pandora Wellness and Spa.

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