Health City donates science equipment to schools

Clifton Hunter principal Pauline Beckford accepts the science equipment donation from Health City's Richard Parchment.

Health City Cayman Islands has donated chemistry and laboratory supplies to John Gray and Clifton Hunter high schools.

Healthcare Explorers Program, a Health City initiative that seeks to provide early and in-depth exposure to tertiary level healthcare to high school and college students in the Cayman Islands, made the donation.

According to a press release from Health City, the donation was part of the hospital’s commitment to support STEM education to prepare young Caymanians who would like to pursue a medical or science-based profession.

Richard Parchment, program manager for the Healthcare Explorers Program, said, “Health City was eager to help provide opportunities to further educate our future doctors, so donating necessary science equipment to our local students seemed like a natural fit to help further their scientific studies.

“We became aware that the schools’ science departments had issues with some specific supplies, including beakers and test tubes, and so we set about to see how we could help.”
Both schools have been participants in the Healthcare Explorers Program since its inception.

Godfrey Williams, a John Gray High School science teacher, welcomed the donation, saying, “Practical tuition, especially when it comes to science, is so important for effective learning. Having the right lab equipment will really help us to undertake science experiments with our students so they can put the theory into practice. Thank you to the team at Health City for their kindness.”

John Gray High School science teacher Godfrey Williams accepts the donation of science equipment from Health City's Richard Parchment.
John Gray High School science teacher Godfrey Williams accepts the donation of science equipment from Health City’s Richard Parchment.

Pauline Beckford, the principal at Clifton Hunter High School, said Health City’s generosity “has been an invaluable asset to our science department, and the equipment will be used to further educate our children.”

Gene Thompson, project director of Health City, said education is an important part of the hospital’s philosophy. “In order to stay innovative, we have to learn and grow, something our staff and doctors take to heart,” he said. “We are proud to be able to provide the lab and chemistry supplies to these schools, so that our future generation of scientists, mechanics and doctors can further their education.”

For more information on the Healthcare Explorers Program, parents, teachers and students may email [email protected]