St. Michael’s Primary School was chosen as the Institute of Jamaica’s Labour Day project for 2013. The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) Outreach Officers’ Committee coordinated and executed the Labour Day initiative. Members of the IOJ Outreach Officers’ Committee included – Tracy Commock (Director, Natural History Museum of Jamaica), Patrice Russell (Natural History Museum of Jamaica), Michka McCreath (Public Relations Officer), Tracian Meikle (African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica), Kerri-Ann Palmer (Junior Centres), Dorsia Brooks (Natural History Musuem of Jamaica), Stephanie Rose and Rosalee Grant (Museums of History & Ethnography). Members of staff and others associated with the IOJ who assisted throughout the day were – Dr. Jonathan Greenland (Director Museums of History & Ethnography), Dr. Rebecca Tortello (former board member of the Museums Division), Bernard Jankee (Director of the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica), Durrant Pate (Director, Public Relations & Development) and Mrs. Dionne Newell (Natural History Museum of Jamaica). The project was registered by the Labour Day Secretariat housed at the Social Development Commission and was funded by the IOJ.
Project activities included:
- Re-painting of the teacher’s staff room
- Painting of the tires containing flowers in the front of the school yard
- Re-planting flowers in the front of the school yard.
- Re-tiling of the teachers’ staff room (to be completed)
- Re-paint pedestrian crossing in front of the school (to be completed)
The impact of the initiative created a marked difference in the appearance of the staff room and school yard that was readily seen at the end of the day. On Labour Day the energy on the school grounds was vibrant and industrious. Several organizations had joined the IOJ on this initiative including a representative from the Gleaner Company Ltd. who covered the day with an interview with the IOJ’s Public Relations Officer, Michka McCreath. Lunch was provided and at the end of the day heartfelt appreciation was expressed by the staff of St. Michael’s Primary to the IOJ and the other organizations.
The school is in much need of further repair and renovation and the Committee hopes to continue their relationship with St. Michaels Primary School to improve he physical environment at the school through external sponsorship. The Committee currently holds regular teaching sessions at the school where each officer conducts presentations and activities relevant to their Division.