Half Moon Fort Primary goes green with Sandals Foundation
Sandals’ Operation Manager Nicholas Jordan showing Keyondre (R) and Keyanah Callender of the Half Moon Fort Primary School how to plant the seedlings.
The students of Half Moon Fort Primary revived their school kitchen garden thanks to Sandals Foundation recently.
More than 20 volunteers descended upon the Clinketts Gardens, St Lucy to plant over 100 seedlings in the primary school’s vegetable garden.The initiative came about after the school was added to the Sandals Foundation’s Christmas Toy Drive in December 2019 and the volunteers expressed concern about the state of the kitchen garden there.
Sandals Foundation volunteers, operation manager Nicholas Jordan, rooms division manager Annette Forbes and other members of the management team joined Principal Barbara-Ann Brome-Bailey, senior teacher Sonia Shepherd, parents and students in the planting exercise.
Chairman of the Sandals Foundation Barbados chapter, Sharon Yearwood, explained that it was one of Sandals’ team members who suggested the idea.
“One of our ladies of the housekeeping division, Rachel Parris, on her way back to the hotel suggested a tree planting exercise as part of the community events we could sponsor and action and we all thought it was a really good idea.
“Now, after weeks of planning and donations, we are happy to be here today to plant romaine lettuce and watermelons in the tire garden of the school,” said Yearwood.
The Sandals Foundation Chairman shared that the planting exercise would be a memorable activity for students. It was not only fun but it educated them on the importance of food self-sufficiency.
“It was also a very personable experience to meet with the children and show them how to plant and care for these crops as the intention is for the school to be self-sufficient in some regards and to also teach them life skills which they can continue to use into adult life," she added.
The garden, which contained 40 tire gardens and a few palm trees, was irrigated and refilled with fresh soil and fertilizer to aid with the successful growth of the new crops, all of which will be used by the school and the community.
The teaching staff of Half Moon Fort Primary expressed they were "very appreciative" of the contributions made by Barbados chapter of Sandals Foundation.
“Sandals has always been very supportive of us and our efforts here at the school whether it be our graduation events or last year’s toy drive,” said senior teacher Sonia Shepherd.