Maths teacher, Sean Hunte, writing on one of the new whiteboards installed at Harrison College. Looking on (l-r) are President of the Rotary Club of Barbados West, Jean St. John; Grantofix Limited’s Jean Cumberbatch; Upper Sixth Form Prefect, Elijah Moore; and Chairman of the Board of Management at HC, Joseph Steinbok. (GP)

Harrison College (HC) has fully outfitted its classrooms and laboratories with whiteboards.

The 65 boards, which were installed as part of the whiteboard project at the institution, were formally presented during full assembly last Friday.

Funded to the tune of over $20,000, the whiteboard project was started by the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA), but later completed through the efforts of Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management at HC, Joseph Steinbok, who received assistance from the Rotary Club of Barbados West, and donors Grantofix Limited, Alex Cole, James Edghill, Raymond Gill and Richard Moorjani.

Mr. Steinbok explained that the need to have all the chalkboards changed at the school was brought to the Board’s attention by former Deputy principal, David McCarthy, who highlighted the health challenges the chalk dust was posing to teachers and students.

While noting that the Rotary Club of Barbados West and the other donors willingly came on board to assist the school, he said: “I spoke to the president at the time of the Rotary West, as I knew that their areas of focus was education, youth and health, this fitted straight into many of their categories, and then I spoke to a number of old Harrisonians that ran businesses, and they all willingly came forward with the funds.  The school itself, through the Secretary Treasurer, was able to put everything in motion and able to get the whiteboards changed throughout the entire school, and then the additional funds raised by the PTA was used for markers and other accessories that would be needed.”

Principal Juanita Wade and PTA President, Ayo Burrowes, both thanked Mr. Steinbok and the donors, with the former noting that Government could not do it alone and the school was pleased with the partnership that could only “redound to the benefit of students and staff”.

Meanwhile, Ms. Burrowes said the PTA was “ecstatic and extremely grateful” to see the completion of the project.  She also noted that the $2,000 garnered by the PTA would now go towards purchasing whiteboard accessories, such as markers.

“What has happened is that we know the resources are low within the school.  We have raised funds of our own, but you never can meet all the needs of the school.  So, we are eternally grateful to Mr. Steinbok and the Rotary Club of Barbados West and all the other donors that contributed to the project,” Ms. Burrowes said.

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