High Rock Primary School students should no longer have challenges effectively making use of the school’s playground and accessing the nearby blue hole after the Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. stepped up to kick off the month of thanksgiving with a $32,150 donation to aid in correcting the problems.
An anonymous donation through the Lyford Cay Foundation will assist with the undertaking, which involves refurbishing, replacement and repositioning of playground equipment, and resurfacing of the play area. With currently no direct access from the school to the blue hole, Basil Rolle, project co-ordinator, will be responsible for clearing away the undergrowth that separates the school’s property from the blue hole and constructing an observatory deck and boardwalk for ease of access.
Roshann Miller, Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. president, said it was a privilege for the club to assist in correcting the problems. She said she plans to return with a team of Kiwanians to get physically involved with the undertaking. She believes that it is only through moves like these that they are truly living the Kiwanis mission to empower communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children.
“It provides Kiwanians with yet another opportunity to make an impact on the local communities within our country because we are always looking for ways to improve environments for children to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively,” said Miller.
Carolyn Stuart, High Rock School principal, said the corrections will have a major impact on students, and that she had been seeking a donor to assist with correcting the problems since she took over at the school in 2010.
“There are some real challenges with [the] play area. As it relates to the blue hole, it has an impact on everybody. Although it is being done for the children, more than anything else, the community can benefit because persons and tourists wanting to do blue hole tours will be able to do so once it [becomes] accessible,” said Stuart.
Lambert Longley, Kiwanis past regional trustee and a Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. director, thanked the Lyford Cay Foundation for selecting the club for the execution of the project.
“This is an awesome opportunity for the school, students and the Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M., as there is now the potential of forming a Kiwanis club in South Andros,” said Longley.