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May 12, 2014
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Primary school receives water tank

The St Martin de Porres Primary School in Gordon Town, St Andrew, recently received the timely gift of a water tank, courtesy of the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation.

At the official handover ceremony, principal of the school, Fay Buchanan, said the water tank came at a time when the school was facing frequent water lock offs.

"Its is very serious problem, as there are times when the water is locked off for a part of the day, and in more extreme cases for the entire schoolday," Buchanan explained.

With approximately 354 students enrolled at the institution, the school's operation has been affected by lack of water, resulting in the early dismissal of classes due to unsanitary conditions which arise in the absence of water.

Expressing tremendous gratitude to the JN Foundation for the gift, Buchanan said that the tank will be used exclusively for the bathrooms.

"At present, we have approximately nine bathrooms; and, now that we have received this water tank, we will identify which bathrooms will be supplied by the tank; and during water lock offs all students will benefit. The tank will assist in eliminating the unhygienic situations associated with the lack of water; therefore, we can now maintain a cleaner environment for our students," Buchanan said.

The handover ceremony took place at the school, where Rose Miller, JN Foundation's grants manager, officially presented the gift in the presence of students and school officials during an extended morning devotion.

She also engaged the students about financial literacy by emphasising the importance of saving and putting their savings in a reputable financial institution.

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