Over 200 students from the White Marl and Central Village communities of East St. Catherine will have school supplies for the start of the new school year donated by Hi-Pro, a Division of the Jamaica Broilers Group.
On Friday, September 2, children ranging in age from 4 to 16 gathered with their parents at the Central Village Community Centre for a handing over ceremony, organised by Reverend Dwight Peccoo, Caretaker for East St. Catherine. Each year Rev. Peccoo hosts a back-to-school event in the area.
The event began with a short devotion and Hi-Pro’s Technical Representative, Paul Thompson, gave an inspirational message to the children on the importance of persistence and never giving up in their pursuit of knowledge. The Hi-Pro team then presented exercise books, water bottles and a variety of stationery items to the group of excited children.
Hi-Pro’s participation in this initiative is part of its ongoing commitment to education and complements its annual bursary programme to primary, secondary and GSAT students who live in White Marl, based on positive academic performance.
“Hi-Pro is based in White Marl and our business is supported by residents from the surrounding communities of East St. Catherine. So we feel it is our duty to give back to the education of our youth,” said Tricia Jackson, Operations Manager at Hi-Pro.
“We were humbled by the gratitude expressed by both parents and children. Although everyone was busy today collecting packages and refreshment, they stopped, looked into our eyes and said “Thank you”. I wish we had 10,000 more packages to hand out,” she noted.
Rev Peccoo said this was the second year that Hi-Pro had been assisting students in his constituency with back-to-school financing. However, he said this year more than 150 additional students had benefited from the company’s sponsorship, for which he was very grateful.
“This year I wrote to 20 companies in and around the area and Hi-Pro was the only one that responded. So, I hope to build a lasting partnership with the company to benefit, not just the students, but adults as well through farming projects.”
“There is clear evidence of the need for corporate support in this way and we are pleased Hi-Pro has been responsive to our call for help. Now it is the responsibility of members from the surrounding areas to support the company in whatever way they can,” explained Reverend Peccoo.