In celebration of Earth Day and to help educate their students about the importance of protecting the environment and having respect for their communities, the teachers at George Town Primary School decided to do something special.
Over four consecutive weekends in April, leading up to Earth Day on April 22, parents, teachers, students, and friends all got together to clean up the area around their school which had become littered with garbage by passers-by.
That could easily have been the end of it, but they wanted to do even more. They wanted to make sure that things would never get that bad again. And that is where FirstCaribbean International Bank stepped in to help.
‘I first became aware of this problem when speaking to Magalyn Robinson from George Town Primary PTA and immediately felt it was an important cause that FirstCaribbean would be proud to support,’ said Christine Burke, who presented a cheque for some new garbage bins to the school on behalf of the Retail Sales Team at FirstCaribbean.
‘Our sales managers, Bertha Tyrell and Carla Martinez, had asked the staff to come up with some ideas on how we could help the local community and this seemed like a perfect fit. We were all excited to help.’
Magalyn Robinson accepted the cheque on behalf of George Town Primary PTA and spoke with warmth and affection about the people she had met at FirstCaribbean and their willingness to help the community.
‘This has been an excellent partnership ‘with the children learning a great deal about respecting their home and the environment, and taking pride in keeping Cayman a clean and beautiful country,’ she said.
‘We really want to thank FirstCaribbean for getting involved.’
The hope of the school’s faculty, teachers, and students is that the presence of these receptacles will encourage passers-by to put their garbage into the covered containers which will sit in secure bins.
Ms. Robinson is optimistic. ‘Now that the area has been cleaned up and looks so nice, we think that people will be more careful and considerate with their trash and will utilize the bins FirstCaribbean helped us acquire,’ she said.