The students of Ellerslie Secondary School have five picnic benches where they can eat their lunch daily.
It’s all thanks to the generosity of the alumni association, which formally presented the benches to the school during assembly yesterday morning.
President of the association, Roderick Walcott, said the picnic bench project was a request from the principal and together with Ronald Drakes, and students they constructed and painted them recently.
“What is our desire is that you the students of Ellerslie today would not only see the benches as a place to sit, rest and eat and study and read but when you look at the benches that you would remember and realise there is an association, which has your interest at heart, that is the Ellerslie Alumni Association.
“We were all where you are today and we would like you all to be where we are today and that is down the road returning the favour, that is returning aid to the institution which put you where you are, wherever your ultimate destination is, wherever you end up, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years down the road we want you to always remember Ellerslie Secondary School,” Walcott told the students.
He also told the youngsters that what they were doing and what was being taught at the Black Rock institution would put them in a great position. He urged them to “enjoy school but learn”.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY after the presentation, Walcott said that association would be assisting the school with its library project. He added he would like to have more past students getting involved and giving back to the school.
“We would like more old scholars to come forward and assist the school. Even if they don’t want to work through the alumni, they can look at what they can do for the school. They can touch base with [us] and see if they can work with us first. They might not be a paid up member and sometimes people feel because they’re not paid up members they don’t really belong but they can still come,” he asserted.
Principal Major Errol Brathwaite not only thanked the alumni for its donation but praised their work, saying the old scholars had made significant contributions, including the donation of a large refrigerator which is used with the breakfast programme, food stuff, projects and other materials used by students. (DS)
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