Guardian Life gives Mel Nathan Prep upgraded computer lab

From left: Dr Maitland Evans; Sarah Palmer, principal of Mel Nathan Preparatory School; Desmond McKenzie, member of parliament for west Kingston; Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Insurance; Fay Hutchinson, member of the Production Club; and Opal Smith, president of the Production Club look at students using the computers after Guardian Life Production Club handed them over to the Mel Nathan computer lab at St John's United Church, Hannah Town, on Thursday. - Rudolph Brown/PhotographerFrom left: Dr Maitland Evans; Sarah Palmer, principal of Mel Nathan Preparatory School; Desmond McKenzie, member of parliament for west Kingston; Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Insurance; Fay Hutchinson, member of the Production Club; and Opal Smith, president of the Production Club look at students using the computers after Guardian Life Production Club handed them over to the Mel Nathan computer lab at St John’s United Church, Hannah Town, on Thursday. – Rudolph Brown/Photographer

SARAH PALMER, principal of Mel Nathan Preparatory School in Hannah Town, Kingston, could not contain her happiness last Thursday after her institution received an upgraded computer lab courtesy of Guardian Life Production Club.

The upgrade of the facility cost approximately $450,000. The handover ceremony was held on the school’s grounds.

“As you know, we are living in the age of technology and we want all our students to be computer literate. We are very happy to have organisations like Guardian Life, because it has been two years since we had a computer lab. The first one had to be closed down due to lack of funding,” Palmer told The Gleaner.

The students have been looking forward to it for quite a while now. Every day they ask when is it going to be ready and when are we going to start back IT (information technology) classes. This will help the students with their academic work, to do their tests and research, among many other things,” she added.

Refurbishing work at the school included provision of new cupboards, repainting of the laboratory and installation of a secured door. Nine new desktop computers were also handed over to the school, which has more than 200 students enrolled.

“This is all a part of what we do. We are not only here to sell insurance, we have also spent a lot on education, health and sports. This is just a continuation of what we have been doing over the years, working in inner-city community schools and contributing,” Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Limited, told The Gleaner.

“We haven’t only contributed by providing computers, but also through sponsoring many kids to further their education, especially at the primary and secondary level. Guardian Life is focused on ensuring that these children have an education at all levels,” he added.

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Full Caption: From left: Dr Maitland Evans; Sarah Palmer, principal of Mel Nathan Preparatory School; Desmond McKenzie, member of parliament for west Kingston; Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Insurance; Fay Hutchinson, member of the Production Club; and Opal Smith, president of the Production Club look at students using the computers after Guardian Life Production Club handed them over to the Mel Nathan computer lab at St John’s United Church, Hannah Town, on Thursday. – Rudolph Brown/Photographer

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