Hotel guests donate laptops to school

September 29, 2017
Guest at Sandals Negril, Pamela Cooley, was all smiles when she visited the Green Island Primary School library recently. She saw how students made great use of laptops that were donated by her and her husband, Hector Cooley.
Sandals Negril guests Hector (second from left) and Pamela Cooley (first from right) beamed with joy when they did the official handover of 12 laptops that they donated to the Green Island Primary School. Pictured with them are, David Latchimy (left), general manager at Sandals Negril, and Vascianna Moseley (third from left), principal at Green Island Primary School.

When Sandals Negril guests Hector and Pamela Cooley signed up for one of the Sandals Foundation's Reading Road Trips three years ago, they had no idea that going into schools and interacting with the children would be the start of a long-lasting, impactful relationship with Green Island Primary School.

In early September, the Cooleys donated 12 laptops to the school as part of their quest to help inspire hope in children on the island.

"We went into some of the schools in the Negril region and we were shocked. We realised that what children back home in America take for granted, the children here could really use," Hector Cooley shared.

But it was not just about that. The Cooleys shared that some of the things they saw connected with them emotionally and they could not shake the feeling of wanting to help.

"Some situations really touched us, and opened our eyes to the help that we could provide," he said.

Green Island Primary was brought to their attention by an employee at Sandals Negril, and since then, they have been in constant communication with the school's principal, Vascianna Moseley.

And Moseley says the gifts are timely and relevant for the school, which has about 600 students.

"We are extremely grateful to the Cooleys for their kind contribution. We were in need of these laptops. They have not just enhanced the look of our library, but have enhanced the overall learning experience of our students," he said.

Even with 12 laptops issued, the Cooleys do not plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Meanwhile, regional public relations manager at Sandals Negril, Jervene Simpson, said that partnering with guests is always a welcomed gesture.

"The Sandals Foundation is always honoured to partner with our guests and we work hand in hand with them to ensure that their plans for the donations materialise," she said.

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