Seeds for school

Staffers from the Sunset Crest branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean prepare the vegetable beds in the kitchen garden at St. James Primary.

Students at St. James Primary School will soon have even more vegetables and herbs for use in school lunches through the expansion of a kitchen garden programme at their school.

Over a recent weekend 10 staffers from the Sunset Crest branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean joined students and Agricultural Science teacher, Carol Best, to plant and water lettuce, sweet peppers, cucumber, parsley and thyme seedlings.

The seedlings were provided by the Sunset Crest branch along with small gardening tools for the students as part of the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause programme which encourages departments to lend tangible and financial assistance to worthy causes, especially within the communities the bank serves.

Explaining how the branch came to assist St. James Primary, Branch Manager, Erica Nurse-Connell said that they visited the small rural school in Trents to meet with principal, Margaret Brandford, and saw that the school maintained a kitchen garden as part of its Agricultural Science curriculum.

“The Sunset Crest branch recently re-opened and we want to reach out to members of the community who need our help the most. To this end we thought the school constituted a great cause,” she said.

In noting the significance of the kitchen garden programme, Nurse-Connell said: “It is vitally important that students receive balanced meals with the right nutrients as well as understand the importance of planting more of what they eat. The fact that the school is implementing this programme is fantastic and we are quite happy to help them.”

The team from Sunset Crest spent several hours at the school on a Saturday morning with Nurse-Connell saying that the collaborative effort made for a time of bonding around an important activity. The branch plans to continue its relationship with the school.

The Agricultural Science teacher thanked the branch for its assistance.

“The principal, students and I, really appreciate the help from the Sunset Crest branch. We see the kitchen garden as a worthwhile cause and the branch’s contribution has helped to expand the garden,” Best said.

He added that the school was planning to fence the garden beds in order to keep stray animals out.

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