Promoter gives back to his school


July 16, 2016
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer A parent gives a child a face paint
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Children do various stuff in a bounce-a-bout
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer A little girl is airbourne as she plays inside a trampoline
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Children travel on a train as part of a treat put on by Atiba Alexander, a past student of the Waterford Development Faith Basic School.
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Atiba Alexander (right), hands Toni-Ann Garvey a snow cone, as her schoolmates look on during the treat.
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer This boy checks out the steering of a train attraction
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer The Khool International employees took time out of their busy schedule to take a photo

New York-based promoter Atiba Alexander made good on his promise as he recently hosted a treat for children at the Waterford Development Faith Basic School in Portmore, St Catherine, an institution he once attended.

Alexander, a civil engineer by profession, owns an entertainment company called Khool International. "It is a joy to watch the children play it's priceless. I had to see this for myself," he said as he watched the youngsters participate in a variety of activities.

The attractions included a bounce-a-bout, a train, a trampoline, dance contests, and face-painting. They also feasted on snacks, pop corn, and snow cone. "It was really a fun-filled day for the children. It's a blessing for the school," said a parent.

School principal Corol Hazel and her dedicated staff were truly appreciative of the kind gesture. "From this venture, the school family has decided to form a past-students association," Hazel revealed.

The school opened its doors in 1980 on the verandah of Hazel's two-bedroom house. The numbers swelled and more than 100 students were soon at Hazel's doorstep. She decided to close the school, but the parent-teacher association intervened, and with assistance from West Indies Home Contractors and the Citizens Association, land was identified.

By September 1996, a new building, was constructed and opened with more than 200 students enrolled. The school, over time, has produced doctors, teachers, nurses, and famous athletes, who have contributed to nation building.

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