September 15th 2014 – Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, along with The Sandals Foundation and Flight Centre Canada gave learning a big boost after the opening of the refurbished New Beginning School of Continuous Education.
Under bright skies, the school located in the Five Cays district of Providenciales was officially opened by Minister of Education- Hon. Akierra Missick, Principal of the School- Colin Bascombe, the Sandals Foundation’s Director of Programmes- Heidi Clarke and President- of Flight Centre Canada Greg Dixon.
Standing on the newly painted entrance to the school Hon. Missick in her remarks thanked Flight Centre and Beaches for their support towards education and stressed on the need for good social partnerships.
“I want to thank you all on behalf of my government and the people for your investment here today. What the refurbishment of this new facility means is that we have shown where a positive private sector and public sector partnership can be developed, can work, and result in true refurbishment; a holistic change to an institution,” said Hon. Missick.
Dixon outlined his company’s commitment to giving back to the region through projects such as the refurbishment of the school.
“Every year we have conferences in the Caribbean and we raise money from our stores and amongst our people and we try to do some community work in that territory. This year we donated $50,000 to the Turks and Caicos Islands and some of that has gone into this school.
“We have always admired the work done by the Sandals Foundation and this is our way of giving back to the people of these wonderful islands”, said Dixon.
Principal Bascombe said the moment was a like a dream come true for him.
“When the children came this morning, I noted comments such as ‘Wow!’; ‘what a difference’, one child even said ‘Awesome!’. This showed that they noticed the change in the schools environment and we are pleased“, he said.
Mrs. Clarke thanked the Flight Centre for their generous donation and said that Sandals Foundation was happy to partner with them again and achieve the common goal of uplifting communities and bringing joy to children in various communities .
On Tuesday September 16th the Flight Centre members will take part in a “Streak It Blue for the Sick Kids” 5k fun run/walk on Grace Bay beach starting at 8 a.m.