The men and women of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Bar Jack restaurant have been taking the expression “many hands make light work” to heart by assisting Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.

The resort’s Community Footprints Initiative gives employees the opportunity to make valuable contributions to a selected project or service in the community.

In recent months, led by the restaurant’s food beverage supervisor Camila Costa, the Bar Jack group, along with other volunteers from the hotel, have been donating their time, with some giving up portions of their off-days, to volunteer at the Sir John A. Cumber library. The team has been assisting with shelving and reorganizing books, making space for new and additional stock, wiping and dusting where necessary, and placing barcode and spine labels on books.

“This can be an arduous task, given the system’s recorded material collection of over 25,000, and serving a patron population of over 700,” noted Sir John A. Cumber teacher and library resources coordinator Annette Vaughan.

Members of the team assisted on scheduled days throughout the school year last year as well, and a group came in on Aug. 29 to help prepare for the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.

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“Their diligence hasn’t gone unnoticed,” said Ms. Vaughan.

Volunteers get ready to help out at the library.
Volunteers get ready to help out at the library.

Minister of Education Tara Rivers, who was visiting the school at that time, took notice of their work, and along with Principal Paul Samuel, expressed appreciation for their untiring contributions and commitment to the educational development of the students.

“It is very rewarding for us to assist, and see that those contributions are benefiting the school and our community,” said Ms. Costa.

“This project started so small, with one planned visit to the library. And suddenly our Community Footprints Team, especially the Bar Jack team got so motivated, that it became part of our routine to be there very often, many times, even weekly to assist in whatever Annette Vaughan, the library or the school needs,” she said.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with John A. Cumber school. They are always very appreciative of our work and we are willing to maintain this partnership for as long as we can.”

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