#Providenciales, August 12, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – A couple of weeks of sweat equity and over $10,000 in donated paint and professional painters will ensure the new school year is more aesthetically appealing and conducive for learning for the 585 students of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School (IPPS) in the Bight.
“We thank Sandals Foundation for all that they are doing because we know that when the children return to school in September, they’re going to be excited and happy, because they are going to be basically in a new school. Outside is painted, inside is painted, doors will be painted and I know the teachers will be so grateful. So thank you!”
The Sandals Foundation volunteers of Beaches Resort, which sits next to the school, began the work on Friday with tremendous help from TCI Paint & Supply.
Wendy-Faye Rodriquez, project manager from Beaches Resort explained the mission of the 35 volunteers from Beaches and 15 volunteers from ER Construction.
“Sandals Foundation is in a joint venture with TCI Paint which supplied us with the necessary paint materials and supply of the different paint brushes, rollers and the tools required to do this job. We are very happy to have TCI Paint and ER Construction, not only did TCI Paint donate the paint and supplies but ER Construction to actually have professional painters, painting here with us.”
Minister of Education, Karen Malcolm was joined by her Director of Education, Edgar Howell in the announcement of the big donation for the Ianthe Pratt Primary School family.
“I am elated for the work that Sandals Foundation and TCI Paint along with their partners are doing here at the school. At the Ministry of Education, we are always grateful for those in our community, our corporate partners who come on board and assist us during the summer holidays. This is not the first project that Sandals has done, I can recall them helping us with Enid Capron as well as Clement Howell High School.”
TCI Paint & Supply owner Brenton Berry’s wife is a former teacher at IPPS and that is admittedly a part of the inspiration for his company ‘jumping at the chance’ to support the project.
“Ianthe Pratt holds a very special place in my heart because my wife actually taught here for quite some time, so its nice to be able to give back to the community. It’s nice to be a part of good things going on.”
Eleven-year-old TCI Paint & Supply was asked to come on board by the Sandals Foundation.
“I think it is a testament of Sandals Foundation and all of the other people that are here working, volunteering their time to take care of the future of the country; they are the leaders and the future of the country. We are proud to be a part of it.”
The school grounds and classrooms have by now been cleaned-up in preparation for the new coats of paint, aimed at beautifying the buildings and classrooms.
“We also have volunteers who are here to help clean the areas, the doors, the windows, the ceilings the fans, the light fixtures; whatever is needed for us to apply the quality paint we received to these areas,” said Mrs. Rodriquez, who added that, “We are grateful that the Ministry of Education has allowed us and opened arms to us to be here to make this venture, a successful venture for us and our future leaders, our kids of this school.”
A message of care for the facilities which came from the Minister was not merely for IPPS children, but for students at public schools across the country, said Minister Malcolm.
“There is a lot that is going into ensuring you have comfortable environments, so I would ask that you take care of it, just like you would take care of your homes. You spend most of your time during the day here at Iathe Pratt and I would encourage you to do your best to ensure that your surroundings are kept clean, your classrooms are kept clean, put your garbage in the bins and just help your teachers by behaving and learning because you are here in school to learn.”
It will mean Ianthe Pratt Primary teachers return in August to fresh looking classrooms and it will mean, the same for students in September – all agreed this is imperative for a successful education.
Mr. Berry concluded: ‘It’s gonna be a brand-new school once Sandals Foundation is done with it.”