In continuing its support of local schools and ensuring they are more conducive to learning, Sandals Foundation Ambassadors from Sandals and Beaches Negril Resorts recently donated fans to the Broughton Primary School in Westmoreland. The donation, according to the institution came at a well-needed time and will improve the learning conditions in the classrooms.
According to the Principal of the institution, Marva Clarke, the school of over 256 students has been facing a prolonged challenge of humid classrooms, and the uncomfortable classrooms have proven to be a hindrance to learning.
“The Broughton Primary School has had an exceptional relationship with the Sandals Foundation for many years; we are grateful for the recent donation of fans, as the classrooms are extremely hot and this has made concentration and learning difficult for many of our students. The fans will alleviate the heat issue and create a better learning and teaching environment for our students and teachers respectively,” Clarke shared.
Meanwhile, parent Kimberely Williams shared she is grateful for the donation from the Sandals Foundation and that this has impacted the students including her son in a positive way.
“The recent donation of fans has benefitted the students a lot; they are better able to focus in their classes, especially after being out in the hot sun during recess. This has brought a significant change for the students who may have health issues that are triggered by the heat. My son who has Eczema, is less focused when he is hot, and with the new fans his quality of work has improved, and has expressed that he is more comfortable and less fussy,” Williams shared.
“Light, ventilation, and the organization of classrooms play an active role in the ability of students to stay alert, open, and excited about learning, “ shares Patrice Gilpin, Public Relations Manager at Sandals Foundation. “By eliminating factors that impeded comfort, teachers, and students can enjoy the learning process – gaining more from the experience.”
As the philanthropic arm of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, the Sandals Foundation remains committed to facilitating the development of quality education in Jamaica and the Caribbean, by upgrading school infrastructure, investing in learning resources and providing skills training for educators.