PHOTOS: St Thomas foundation launches ‘Keep Your School Clean' project
The St Thomas Renaissance Foundation recently launched its ‘Keep Your School Clean' project at Golden Grove Primary School in the parish.
The foundation initially distributed 30 drums to 10 primary schools in eastern St Thomas. The project is intended to eventually reach all primary schools across the parish.
According to Travis Smith, the co-ordinator at the St Thomas Renaissance Foundation, the aim of the project is to make an immediate impact on how schools dispose of their waste.
Smith said if kids learn from early how to keep their school clean, they will take this back home, and as they grow, they will have the mentality to keep their surrounding clean, and this in turn, will help to keep the parish clean.
The New York-based foundation, a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational body, is comprised of past students of schools and former residents of St Thomas who live in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and Jamaica, and who are desirous of supporting their former schools and the parish overall.
The schools which benefited were Golden Grove Primary and Infant, Rowlandsfield Primary, Amity Hall Primary, Johnson Mountain Primary, Duckenfield Primary, Dalvey Primary, Barking Lodge Primary, Old Pera Primary, and Arcadia Primary.
Local liaison for the foundation, Travis Smith, said the provision of the drums forms a part of a wider programme to uplift schools in the parish.
"We are trying to make St Thomas better. We decided to go with the garbage collection now so that we can teach the students how to keep the schools clean," Smith said.
Drums in St Thomas schools
Principal of Golden Grove Primary and Infant School, Claudette Gilzine, welcomed the gesture from the foundation.
"It is our hope that the drums will assist the students to become environmentally friendly. I appreciate the donation, because when the garbage trucks do not come on time, the garbage overflows and we have to get bags to store the garbage in". Gilzine said.
The foundation official are hoping that more past students and residents of St Thomas will support the organisation in any way they can, or by joining the Facebook page, St Thomas Renaissance Foundation Inc. (STTRFI).