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Beaches, Sandals Foundation & TCI Paints Beautifies Ianthe Pratt Primary School

#Providenciales, August 28, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Beaches Resorts, The Sandals Foundation in partnership with TCI Paint and Supply has completed a beautification project for the Ianthe Pratt Primary School (IPPS) in preparation for the new academic year.

Described as a “massive undertaking” by the Foundation, the project consisted of painting interior and exterior areas of the school, bathrooms and a computer room. Over 100 Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort volunteers rolled up their sleeves and teamed up to paint, clean, and restore classrooms for the school’s 586 students.

IPPS Principal, Neekimo King, said the school is grateful for the intervention. “I know the staff will be quite excited to come back to their classrooms to see they are ready. Our teachers are the ones usually doing the painting but I know this time it’s a burden that’s been lifted off their shoulders.”

The two week project consisted of resort employees and interns working alongside professionals who did the finishing work.

Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm thanked the Sandals Foundation and ER construction for refurbishing the IPPS, “The kids are our future and we are to ensure they are in comfortable condition. Thank you to the sponsors, thank you to the volunteers and we know when the students return they will be in a clean, comfortable environment. Thank you very much.”

Owner of TCI Paint and Supply, Brenton Berry said he jumped at the opportunity to be part of the project, “When Sandals Foundation reached out, I immediately said yes because I believed in this project. This is a prideful moment but it’s also humbling to be a part of this. The children are our future and we have to take care of them.”

Project Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos, Wendy Fae Rodriguez, said it was an honour to make the initiative a reality. “This gives me great pride to be a part of this project and the Sandals Foundation. To see what we are doing here for our community, and our future leaders and the role we are playing in this project. I’m extremely proud.”

This the second project executed by the Sandals Foundation to create a clean, hygienic, safe and inspirational space for children at IPPS. Last year, over 100 international bloggers and media personalities were brought in to help enhance the school grounds.

The works form part of the Foundation’s investment in the educational development of the regions in which it operates. As part of that continued investment, the Foundation also announced plans for a major back-to-school event on Friday, August 30th at the Bight Basketball court.

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