PCJ donates to Westwood rebuilding fund
The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has donated $500,000 to Westwood High School to support the fundraising effort for the rebuilding of the institution's kitchen and dining room which were destroyed by fire in May of this year.
The contribution will assist the 135-year-old boarding school for girls as they aim to raise $150 million to re-establish the facilities.
The PCJ responded to an appeal from members of the Old Girls Association, who are currently undertaking a fundraising drive.
The donation was handed over recently when representatives from the association and the school administration paid a courtesy call to PCJ's group general manager, Winston Watson.
Principal of Westwood High, Karen Francis, thanked the PCJ saying "We have a long way to go as we try to pick up the pieces and move forward and we appreciate your assistance."
Watson said: "We know the school community is facing a serious challenge trying to raise money for its rebuilding efforts. The PCJ is happy to help and we are urging other corporate entities and organisations to help in any way possible."
Located in the hills of Stewart Town, Trelawny, Westwood High School has a track record of producing some of the country's outstanding female academic performers.
The institution has consistently ranked among the top 10 in the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate with over 97.5 per cent of its grade 11 students obtaining passes in five or more subjects.
The school's sixth form students have also been impressive in their academic pursuits, ranking seventh in the 2016 Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examinations.