James A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point held a special ceremony to officially open their new Computer Lab and Literacy Center on Friday, September 7.
Principle Paul Knowles, with the aid of Miss World Bahamas Brinique Gibson and Central and South Abaco MP James Albury cut ribbons to reveal the two new rooms that will aid education at the school after a brief ceremony attended by students, parents and supporters of the School.
Mr. Knowles said that the exercise was a “humbling experience” as he sees this as the school taking “yet another step in the right direction.”
He extolled the parents of the community for being incredibly supportive, adding that “my part is simply, to say thank you.”
He thanked Jerome Sawyer who “got the ball rolling on the TIG Foundation’s involvement.”
He said, “I just mentioned three objectives to him; that we needed a Basketball Court, Library and Computer Lab.”
Mr. Knowles said what then happened lead to his three-year plans being accomplished in just one year.
Mr. Knowles also thanked Mr. Albury who was the main sponsor behind their literacy center, saying that he gave him a quote for books and Mr. Albury responded within a few days purchasing the books for the literacy center.
Mr. Albury Said he was happy to be a part of “a landmark moment for this school” and was proud to have partnered with teachers and parents along the way to making this happen.
He commended them all for the efforts and wished them the best, and added that he had brought goodies and back to school packs for each student.
District Superintendent Dominique Russell congratulated Mr. Knowles that he and his team did such an excellent job in such a short time bringing Literacy and Technology to the students of James A. Pinder Primary School.
Miss World Bahamas, who is a brand Ambassador for TIG Foundation, spoke to the children saying that she was happy to be the First Miss World Bahamas to visit Sandy Point and the James A. Pinder Primary School.
She encouraged the children to be diligent in school, respect each other and listen to their teachers and parents in order to achieve success in life.
She also spoke to them about the importance of eating healthy food, and asked them to name healthy alternatives to unhealthy foods and drinks like cookies and sodas.
She said that the TIG Foundation’s aim is Transforming, improving and growing. The TIG Foundation decided to partner with the school as they believe that access to books and technology will give greater potential for learning and education.
The TIG Foundation provided 15 Hewlett Packard Laptop Computers and the Literacy Center was lined with both new and critically acclaimed children’s books with couches and tables for reading and studying comfortably.