Cricketing legend Gordon Greenidge wants the rural primary school which carries his name to rise to the pinnacle of academic success and to produce model citizens for Barbados.
Addressing a special Community Awards Presentation hosted by the school in celebration of its 25 years of existence, the former West Indies opening batsman said: “This school must hold the pinnacle for academics, for good students and good future citizens of Barbados.
“Let this school be a beacon of light that will shine and be elevated for people to see it,” he added, while reminding teachers that they had an important role to play in the students’ future.
“Teachers here have an important part to play in the children’s future and their progress in this world as they will help to make strong, educated, sociable people who will go forward and promote this island,” he said.
Greenidge also expressed gratitude to the 13 awardees who selflessly gave of their time and finances to the school over the last quarter century.
Principal Angela Smith presented the awardees with mahogany plaques in recognition of their contribution to various programmes and activities at the school.
Among the special awardees were attorney-at-law and former Member of Parliament for St James South Keith Simmons, his son Wayne ‘Cool’ Simmons, Apostle Lucille Baird and her husband Chris Baird and Sergeant Raymond Maynard.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Maynard, who has been the officer attached to the Gordon Greenidge School since 2001, said in a brief address that he was humbled by the school’s gesture.
“Some of us do it for the love of the job but when we get an award it is the icing on the cake and it makes you feel warm inside. It comes natural to us; sometimes we don’t recognize that we are doing great things out here in this community and it is so good to be recognized for them,” he said.