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May 22, 2014
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Alpha Boys' School, Digicel Foundation partner for Labour Day project

Alpha Boys' School is expecting to improve revenues in the short to medium term following its Labour Day project in partnership with the Digicel Foundation.

Through the renovation of screen-printing facilities on campus, the school says it aims to make bigger strides in this innovative programme with its clothing line, Alpha Wear.

The school recently moved from being a residential programme to an education and skills-training institution. With more than 250 boys set to enrol in the programme by September, this transition has made the school's training component even more critical, noted Joshua Chamberlain, special projects manager at Alpha Boys' School.

"The school is focused on developing meaningful experiences for the students and diversifying the educational opportunities that will be offered through the programmes," he said.

In August 2013, the Digicel Foundation partnered with the Alpha Boys' School to acquire its own printing machine and related equipment to properly establish Alpha Wear. It is expected that this will not only allow the students to be trained with a more marketable skill, but also generate income for the school to offset operational expenses.

Given the significance of the recent transition, the foundation has further collaborated with the school for Labour Day to renovate the building in which the printing is done to provide more adequate space for the clothing store, offices and production space. Volunteers from the Foundation will also join the Alpha Boys' in revamping the school's greenhouse, plant nursery and gardens.

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