Over 220 students and teachers at Saint Mary’s Secondary School (SMSS) were treated to entertainment, giveaways and lunch last week, compliments of Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa.
The initiative, organised by the resort’s Public Relations Manager Leon Norville as one of the local activities to mark the company’s 40th anniversary, was also deemed timely to show appreciation to the youth and teachers at that institution, a release said.
“It is indeed a very gratifying experience to see the impact such a gesture had on the students and teachers here this morning. The team did an amazing job interacting with the students and faculty.
“This is such a significant milestone for our company, and we are happy to share that with this institution,” Norville stated.
The resort’s General Manager Matthew Cornall said Sandals was happy to continue playing its part in showing appreciation, support and giving back to the communities and schools.
“Sandals celebrates its 40th anniversary as a company this year and Antigua holds pride of place as only the second Caribbean island to host a Sandals resort.
“What better way to continue our partnership with the people and communities than boost our community efforts engaging with students and showing appreciation to their teachers? At Sandals, we are family.
“Our founder, the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, and now Executive Chairman Adam Stewart, believe in the mantra of family extending to the communities where we operate. We say love is all you need, and we are happy to spread that love to the wider community,” Cornall added.
The managers toured the facility and spoke with the principal and teachers about the school’s history and how they have been coping since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Norville and Entertainment Manager Sherlann Barro followed up with music, games and giveaways from the Sandals Foundation. Lunch was served afterwards in the school’s Home Economics Centre.
SMSS Principal, Casey Phillip, who was surprised by the visit said, “It feels good to know that somebody is thinking of us and thinking about us. It was a welcomed gesture.
“Had it happened at any time during the school year it would have been appreciated… but particularly, at this time, with what teachers and students have been going through in terms of the whole Covid-19 situation, it is a way to say thanks to teachers for their efforts and more so their extra efforts to the students who have become disconnected from the whole learning scenario of school.
“It’s a way to say to them that we are all in this together.”