Members of staff of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) were out in full force on Labour Day, May 23 to carry out renovations at the Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School in downtown Kingston.
The entity’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Damion Graham, led the team in repairing the roof and repainting the interior of the computer laboratory, repainting bathrooms, and undertaking general refurbishing, all aimed at enhancing the teaching/learning environment.
Dr. Graham told JIS News that the UDC’s activities at Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School are consistent with its focus over the years on facilities catering to the welfare of the nation’s children.
“We pay very careful attention to the youth and child development as part of the national progression for development to happen. The ‘trees’ that we would have planted by making development happen here at this school, will be the ones that will continue for the nation in 25 years to come. We want to advance that for the adults of tomorrow, who are the children of today,” he said.
Principal, Josette Leslie, welcomed the UDC’s gesture, which she described as “heart-warming and uplifting”.
Noting that the 200-year-old institution is located within close proximity to several communities, she said the administration is “very happy that the UDC has come on (board) a try to create an uplifting stimulating environment for our (students and teachers)”.
“Dr. Graham has a very energetic and awesome team… vibrant young people, who have come here and are helping us out, and we are, indeed, grateful. We hope that corporate Jamaica will be inspired by (what happened here today) and will come on board and share with us as well,” Mrs. Leslie added.
Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School, which has a student enrolment of 1,180 students and 51 teachers, was one of seven projects in five parishes executed or supported by the UDC.
The others were located in St. Ann, St. James, Portland and St. Catherine, and included the activities at the Cumberland Road Health Centre, which was one of two national Labour Day projects.
Other initiatives are an open space project by the Seaforth Citizens’ Association and construction of a walkway and ramp and renovation of the main entrance gate at Caymanas Development Company in St. Catherine; and upgrading, renovation and painting at Eltham Basic School in St. Ann; Reach Falls Infant and Primary School in Portland; and Lethe Primary School and Type 5 Clinic in St. James.
UDC’s involvement in these engagements coincides with the Corporation’s 50th anniversary, being celebrated throughout 2018.