For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Western schools blossom in LASCO REAP
KINGSTON, Jamaica; John Rollins Success Primary emerged winners of the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) 2014-15. The Montego Bay based school’s tremendous performance in the competition earned them the LASCO REAP trophy and ten desktop computers for their school. The winners were recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 3 at The Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus.
Bath Primary and Junior High School in St. Thomas received the second place prize of a Projector and Laptop, while another Western School, Farm Primary and Junior High were rewarded with a flat screen television and DVD player for placing third. John Rollins Success Primary also received a $100,000 cash award for Most Trees Planted, while the award for Most Bottles was collected by Denham Town Primary. Tianna Huie of Albert Town Primary and Shaslee Campbell of Village Primary each received a tablet for Best Essay and Best Poem respectively. Other prizes were given for Best Garden in Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey, Best Visual Art, Best Song and Best Teacher.
This is the first time a school from the Western end of the island has taken the title. Moneague Primary School in St. Ann was the first winner, while St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory in St. Catherine received the honours last year.
Environmental sustainability is a priority of the LASCO Affiliated Companies’ Founder and Executive Chairman, Lascelles Chin, who congratulated the winners on a successful journey and gave high marks to the programme.
“The LASCO REAP programme represents step in the right direction toward protecting the environment. This commitment from not only LASCO but from Stephen Newland and his team, the teachers, students, parents and community members is encouraging and we are happy with the progress of the initiative over the three years. The students have done a tremendous job and I am very impressed with their performance,” he said.
LASCO Affiliated Companies have pledged their support for REAP and since inception committed over $20 million to carry out the initiative. The programme has grown tremendously from 50 schools in the first year to almost 250 schools, three years later, and engaged 250,000 students across the island. Through the project, 400,000 bottles have been cleaned up and collected, 12,000 trees planted 91 gardens started and improved.
This year’s objective was to tackle waste management under the theme ‘Where There Is A Will, There Is No Waste’. This focus arose out of the negative environmental impacts being experienced by the nation, such as drought, water and electricity shortage, high food costs and solid waste management challenges.