The Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town today, September 12th, handed over 100 chairs to the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.
As part of the club’s mandate to assist various schools around the Territory, the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town today, September 12th, handed over 100 chairs to the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.

President of the club, Mr. Marvin Flax Jr. told BVI Platinum News the contribution came as a result of the club identifying the need at the institution and its desire to address it.

He noted that the initiative’s success was due to the work of the club’s Youth Services Director, Kenisha Sprauve and her committee, “who did a great job in sourcing the chairs and getting them here.”

He added, “It’s a pleasure and an honour for us to be able to donate to the school something that is much needed. Most of the chairs are damaged and pinching students and hurting them, so we think it is something that the school is definitely appreciative of.”

Ms. Sprauve pointed out that the club also got word of the need for new furniture at the school from the presence of their two sponsored Interact Clubs at the institution and its sister, the Isabella Morris Primary School.

“We heard concerns from the parents and the most frequent complaint was the issue of furniture. We tried to donate as much as we can. We gave them 100 chairs.”

She noted that the club is aware more chairs are needed and used the opportunity to invite other persons in the community to step forward and do the same.

“If you don’t have a comfortable learning environment for the children to learn, they’re not going to learn. So we as a community need to do our part to help them. They are the future and if we don’t help to groom them into the young men and women that they should become, then all is lost.”

In response to the gifts from the club, Principal of the school, Ms. Marieta Flax-Headley expressed sincere appreciation to the club.

She stated that being the largest school in the Territory, the furniture is frequently used. She added that although the contribution from the club is not sufficient, it will go a long way.

“We house 468 children and the government has us [ASPS] plus the other schools, so the impact of contribution will definitely go a long way. We don’t need 468 chairs, because we have good chairs, but the wear and tear on them over the years, it is not sufficient, but it will go a long way.”

Mrs. Headley noted that 100 chairs are equivalent to about four class rooms at the primary school that houses 23 classrooms.

She said any other community persons who are willing to partner with them and assist the government, “we welcome them and their contribution.”