|Grace Bay Resorts deliver on promise to schools|
|Thursday, 10 December 2009 00:00|
Schoolchildren on North Caicos got early Christmas presents of much needed school furniture and supplies from Grace Bay Resorts last week, delighting the students and staffs of both primary schools.
“Today is a historic day at the Charles Hubert James Primary School,” Vice Principal Campbell told the student body, parents and invited guests. “We have felt left out, overlooked, but today we are remembered.”
“Our hearts are filled with joy that you are here,” Campbell said. Wearing traditional dress and straw hats, the children performed songs and dances, singing, “We are out to build the Turks and Caicos.” Donna Musgrove, executive assistant at Veranda Resort & Residences which is managed by Grace Bay Resorts, was happy to deliver a container full of needed supplies to the school she attended as a child. “It is a day of new beginnings for the school,” she told the students.
“Our adopt-a-school campaign is intended to make sure every student can excel, and we are here today to make sure you are equipped with the tools and items you need to succeed.”
The team also aimed to teach children about the tourism industry and encouraged them to think about careers in the largest contributing industry in the country. The team included Advisory Council member and former Minister of Education Dr. Carlton Mills, now manager of talent growth at Grace Bay Resorts, who started the program to help schools in the communities outside of Providenciales that are in dire need of resources.
“Tourism drives our economy,” Dr. Mills told the children, pointing to Musgrove as an example of the good careers tourism can offer. “No matter where you are from, if you do your work, you are committed, dedicated, you can rise to the top.”
He implored the children to work hard and focus, pointing to all the opportunities available to them if they concentrate on their school work.
“Opportunities are being presented to you,” Mills said, “For God’s sake embrace them.”
Grace Bay Resorts CEO Mark Durliat also told the children about the impact tourism and tourists have on all residents.
The team also went to Bottle Creek and the Adelaide Oemler Primary school, where team member Adelphine Pitter was once a student. Now manager of the Estate at Grace Bay Club, she asked how many of the children had heard of tourism. None raised their hands.
“We are not just a hotel,” she explained, “We play an integral role in the country.” Pitter encouraged the children to consider a career in the tourism industry, saying, “tourism is everybody’s business.”
Dr. Mills echoed her message, stressing hard work: “This is a business that is committed to your education, but you also have to take responsibility. It is always good when we have others who want to share in the future of your education, but there are three things you need to show as well: hard work, dedication and commitment.”
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