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Grant feature: Renovating school spirit

Sep 21, 2017


Education is a school’s highest priority. But the quality of an education depends on its environment. In Montego Bay, Jamaica, a grant to the Kiwanis Club of Providence-Montego Bay has helped refurbish Retirement Basic School—and revitalized its students and faculty.

A lunch room and a sick bay were created, with tiling and paint for each. The school’s bathroom was refurbished, not only with tiling and paint but with new toilets and wash basins—and enclosures that separate boys’ and girls’ facilities.

All together, the project has improved convenience and health conditions for the school’s 78 students, ages three to five. “The tears of joy are a testament that we have accomplished our objective. The children even sang us a song of thanks,” shared Janice McGrowther, member of the Kiwanis club.

For the Providence-Montego Bay Kiwanis club, it’s the culmination of years of work and support. For us, it’s a standing symbol of what we can accomplish together.