Promoter gives back to his school
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.