Sunday 23 February, 2020

Chevannes Basic School celebrates renovated bathroom

Students and teachers at the Chevannes Basic School in Barbican are in a celebratory mood, as the bathroom facility at the 43-year-old school has been renovated and upgraded, courtesy of the JN Bank Member Advisory Council.

“The bathroom was in a really bad condition,” Caroline Brown, principal of the school, related. “Termites were eating away at the boards. Then JN came in and they assisted us, as the facility became unsafe for the children.”

Brown outlined that the work involved gutting the existing structure, removing the infected boards, spraying; replacing the bathroom vanity and toilet; as well as, repairing the roof and improving the ventilation of the facility.

“The children are happy for it. Therefore, I extend our gratitude to JN Bank, as we really appreciate the work which was done to improve the facility,” Brown said.

Christine Chambers, a member of the Barbican MAC said the Council decided to focus on early childhood institutions for its project; and as such, identified several early childhood institutions, which needed assistance. Subsequently, Chevannes Basic School, which had greater needs, was selected.

“As we walked into the facility, my asthma triggered. It was an old trailer, which was retrofitted. The inside lining of the bathroom was infested with termites. Therefore, to address it, we had to remove the entire lining of the bathroom and replace it,” she explained.

“We are very happy that the Chevannes Basic School was selected because those little children needed a bathroom facility which they could use in comfort,” she added.

Saniah Spencer, chief marketing and product development, JN Bank, said that the Advisory Council was happy that they were able to assist the institution.

“The MAC tried to identify projects that would have an impact and Chevannes Basic School is an institution which serves the communities of Stand Pipe, Papine, Gordon Town and as far as Portmore, St. Catherine. Our children deserve the best and JN Bank was happy to be on board for the project,” she said.

The JN Bank’s MAC, formerly known as the Branch Advisory Councils, were established in 2006, to provide JN members with the opportunity to engage directly in the identification and selection of projects within their communities and positively impact negative issues.

Over the years, the MACs initiated numerous projects across the country. Today, with the establishment of the JN Circle, the activities of the MAC will be subsumed into the JN Circle, a national network of service clubs, which are empowered by Jamaica National to advocate for change and strengthen the communities in which JN Bank and other JN corporate entities are located.

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