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Alsion Roach Group donates computers to Guys Hill High school
Leighton Levy, Star Writer

Some of the computers from the Alsion Roach Group packed and ready for shipping. - Contributed

When the Guys Hill High School in St Catherine opens in the next two weeks, it will do so with seven new computers and a number of telephones, all courtesy of Alsion Roach, who has been a benefactor to the school for the past three years.

Roach is the president and CEO of the Alsion Roach Group of New York, a firm that offers consulting and advisory services to private, and public-sector entities and entrepreneurs in emerging markets seeking to access global cross-border capital markets. More importantly, she is a past student of Guys Hill High.

Roach, who grew up poor in the nearby Redwood community but went to achieve great success after migrating to the United States, confirmed the donation that includes seven computers, a laptop and about 20 phones. "This contribution is very special to me as Guys Hill is my alma mater," she said.

The school's principal, Joan Davis, said Roach has, over the past three years or so, provided a lot of support for the school located in the hills of north east St Catherine. "She has always been partnering with us. She donated a server to us some time ago, which was a big boost to our Information Technology Department as it replaced the one we got from E-Learning," Davis said, adding that Roach pays for everything, including shipping, the relevant duties, and to have the gifts delivered to the school. Davis said three of the computers will be installed in the staffroom, to assist the teachers with their reports and general preparation, while the remainder will be installed in the IT Department.

Davis, who is entering her third year as principal, said the relationship between the school and Roach began during her time as vice-principal. "I made contact with her about three years ago and she was delighted that we remembered her," she said. "She appreciated our efforts to reach out to her. We invited her to our graduation and she received a cap and a gown, things that meant a lot to her."

Since that time, the school has benefited. Roach, who is also an ambassador for the Books4Kids Programme of the Palmyra Foundation, has got other past students to contribute computers, books, printers and surveillance cameras to the school. She also provided an all-expense paid weekend at the Ritz-Carlton for a former principal of the school.

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