Students get new bus shed

October 10, 2016
President of the Grand Palladium Staff Association Leroy Peart (centre) addresses a ceremony to officially open and hand over the newly constructed bus shed at the Esher Primary School on September 30. Mayor of Lucea Wynter McIntosh, teachers and students of the Esher Primary School, and citizens of the area joined in the celebration.

Students of the Esher Primary School in Lucea, Hanover, are now able to await transportation in relative safety, thanks to the construction of a bus shed by the Staff Association of the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa, at the gate of the institution.

The concrete structure, built at a cost of US$2,000 (J$256,310) was officially handed over to the school and the Hanover Parish Council recently.

In handing over the facility, President of the Association Leroy Peart said the group was playing what it believes is a compulsory role in protecting the students and citizens who will use the bus shed.

"This is just another tangible exhibit of the hotel's commitment to the community and indeed to the parish of Hanover, where we want to make ... positive contributions to the communities," Peart said.

Principal of the school, Antoinette Wright, said she will now breathe a little easier knowing that her students will be able to await transportation in a secured structure.

She said the building of the facility is the result of a strong partnership between the Grand Palladium hotel and the school which is aimed at creating and maintaining a safe environment.

"We are very happy and indeed grateful for this very kind gesture. This partnership is one of the ways we will ensure school safety for our students, and it's one of the ways that will ensure that we are a part of creating a safe school environment," Wright said.

Mayor of Lucea Councillor Wynter McIntosh, in endorsing the initiative, is encouraging residents of the area to ensure that the structure is protected and that it is used for its intended purpose.

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