Representatives from across the Jamaica Broilers Group headed into their communities on Thursday, January 20, 2022 to hand over items to principals and teachers at early childhood schools within the St Catherine community.
The company’s efforts were in support of the resumption of face-to-face classes and were sparked by the schools’ need to become compliant with COVID-19 safety guidelines established by the Ministry of Education.
The beneficiaries of this round of donations were High House Basic School, Holy Ghost Power Early Childhood Institution and Ruby Madden Kids Basic School. While each school had specific needs, generally, requests included COVID-19 protocols signs, face masks for the children, and sanitizers. Additionally, some schools requested step closure garbage bins and educational materials among other items.
In a handover exercise to the Holy Ghost Power Early Childhood Institution, Mrs Danah Cameron, group public relations manager at the company noted that the focus on basic schools was intentional for this first effort and that investigations into the needs of the company’s primary school neighbours are ongoing. She further highlighted the positive impact that the return of face-to-face learning will have on the children and the economy.
“We are fully supportive of face-to-face learning; our children have been home for so long, which often compromises mommy’s and sometimes daddy’s ability to go out to work. Schools reopening also allow us to establish safe spaces for children to interact, learn and develop social skills,” said Cameron.