One school has taken the initiative to raise funds for one of its departments through showing and selling handiwork of present and past students.
The Frederick Smith Secondary Metal and Woodwork Department, whose main objective is to develop and enhance the talents of students with gifted hands, hosted an exhibition that started on Wednesday and ended yesterday.
Jewellery, metalwork, leathercraft, ceramics and electrical products were on display and sale to not only students and staff at the Trents, St James institution, but also the wider public, including nearby businesses.
Principal Jefferson Phillips welcomed the initiative, which he said demonstrated the school was not waiting for funds to be handed to it, but was looking at alternatives to ensure the department fulfilled its purpose.
“We are showing the talents of our students to the public, but at the same time trying to raise some much needed funds. Money allocated to the school has been cut back, but we have decided that we must continue our work, developing the talents and academic skills of our students. We have a lot of talent here at this school,” Phillips said.
Woodwork teacher Kenmore Dalrymple said he had conceptualized the showcase and sale after brainstorming on how to raise funds for the department. He said he had also sent out letters to nearby hotels inviting guests and staff to come and view the students’ work and purchase “some creative and prime pieces”.
“This is all about the students and their work. Most of what you are seeing here today was done by either past or present students. We are hoping that all goes well over the next few days,” Dalrymple told Barbados TODAY at the start of the three-day show and sale. (AH)