Equipped with shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes and gardening equipment, staff of the Courtyard by Marriott attended the Arthur Smith Primary School this morning and spruced up that learning institution.
Senior Sales Manager Sophia Bryan told Barbados TODAY that the sprucing up at the school formed a part of the hotel chain’s annual global ‘Spirit to Serve’ community service initiative and also included staff appreciation week celebrations.
This year it is being celebrated from May 18 to 24.
Courtyard by Marriott took the decision to beautify the school because it is in the same Christ Church community as the hotel.
“We came here and we had a look and the school does need quite a bit of work. We can’t do everything, but what we decided to do today is come in and do some gardening, some power-washing of the Food and Nutrition area and we will try to get some painting done as well,” said Bryan.
Bryan said whatever they did not get to finish now they would complete during the summer recess.
While the staff members of the hotel were carrying out the labour, they had partnered with two other companies who provided the materials.
Stressing that the hotel could not do everything, Bryan said the exterior of the school buildings could do with some more repairs and sprucing up.
“The surroundings do need some work . . . There is a swing set, which would be nice for the children. That actually needs to be replaced. That is definitely something to look at as well as the grounds; there is some grassing that needs to be done as well,” she said.
The Marriott brand has been in Barbados about four years. Last year the hotel hosted a health day where people were treated to various health checks and exercise activities. In 2013 they provided back to school items for children. (MM)