One such school is the Steer Town Basic School in Steer Town, St. Ann. The school is housed in a one-room building and has 120 students enrolled. According to the Principal of the school, Mrs. Forsythe, these conditions make it hard for the children to learn.
"It is very hard for us to teach as all the children from all classes are together. The noise and activity from one class distracts the children in the other classes", she said.
The conditions of this school were brought to the attention of Mrs. Marilyn Burrowes, Vice President of Dolphin Cove Limited in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
"We felt that these students were being handicapped due to the state of their learning environment and decided to adopt the school to try and improve their condition, Mrs. Burrowes said.
The school needs partitions to separate the classes as well as a wall to separate the school from the adjoining cemetery as the children have a plain view of grave stones and funeral services.
In exercising their social responsibility, Dolphin Cove has committed to hosting a Christmas Carol Service from which all proceeds will go towards the school. The service will be held at the Prospect Plantation camel park on Saturday December 19, 2009. Event organizer, Ms. Felecia Haye, is appealing to the public and other corporate bodies to support the function.
"We are appealing to Jamaicans who would like to invest in the country's future to come out and attend the service. These children need all the support they can get," she said.
The Carol Service will be between the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm and will feature singing from the Steer Town students and complimentary camel rides. Guests will get a free gift when they purchase a picture with Santa Claus. Food and drinks will also be on sale. Tickets are $500.00 for adults and $250.00 for children.
ABOUT DOLPHIN COVE
Since opening operations in 2000, Dolphin Cove has grown into one of the Caribbean’s leading adventure excursions. The attraction allows visitors to interact with bottlenose dolphins, nurse sharks, iguanas, snakes, stingrays and exotic birds. Visitors can also go glass-bottom kayaking, ride on the mini-boats, snorkel and relax on the beach.
Dolphin Cove currently has locations in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Grand Cayman with plans to open in Hanover in May 2010.
For more information, visit http://www.dolphincovejamaica.com .
ABOUT PROSPECT PLANTATION
The 1000-acre Prospect Plantation, which dates from 1721, allows visitors to learn about the plantation’s history and greenery. Today, the former sugar estate grows bananas, cassava, coffee, allspice, coconut and many other crops, but not for the commercial market.
The Great House was built in the early 1800s and boasts many antiques, paintings, and artifacts from days gone by. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, where you can feast your eyes on the stunning view.
The plantation offers a variety of enjoyable tour options, including the Complete Plantation Tour by Open-Air Jitney, Camel Safari and Plantation Tour, Plantation Tour on Horseback, Horseback River Ride plus Picnic Lunch, or Camel Safari, Hike and Cycle.
Prospect Plantation is managed and operated by Dolphin Cove Limited. For more information, call 974-5335 or visit http://www.prospectplantationtours.com .