Savannah MLA Anthony Eden and retired teacher Mary ‘Molly’ Farrell were honoured on Friday for their contribution to the Theoline McCoy Primary School.
Farrell was recognised for her services to the development of the school’s art room and Eden for his continuing contributions to the upkeep of the school.
Principal Kimberly Watler said the pair were heroes in the eyes of the school’s students and staff.
Speaking by phone from her homeland of Scotland, Farrell said she loved the school, which was formerly known as Bodden Town Primary School, and everybody associated with it.
“Although I am far, far away, I am there with you in thoughts and spirit. May God bless you all … I love the whole lot of you … every single one of you and everything about Bodden Town Primary School,” she said.
Farrell also said in a note to the school that she was left with a wealth of memories of the years she had spent there.
Eden told the children that he had been taught by Theoline McCoy at Savannah Primary.
The MLA said he was glad to see the school’s playing field had been completed and that work on other buildings was done. He said he was looking forward to seeing them enjoy the expansion to the assembly hall.
“I ask you, parents, teachers and children, to continue the way you are approaching life. Remember to listen to your parents and your teachers. Be careful what you watch on television and the internet … there is a lot of nonsense and trash out there, so be very careful and not get involved in anything unusual,” Eden said.
Farrell’s representative Shirley-Ann Tibbetts and Eden were presented with handmade cards from students and monkey jar water containers crafted by the pupils under the guidance of teachers Danswell Davidson and Susan Poy-Fong Ramkissoon, and deputy principal Yvonne Lawe-Gonzales.
Davidson said monkey jars are reputed to give restorative properties to water after storing it for nine days. They have been used for centuries in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.