Sagicor General and Somerset Sports Club plant sustainable lessons at Kaleb John Laurent Primary School

Sagicor representative and students of Kaleb Laurent Primary plant fruit trees in the school’s garden

The Kaleb John Laurent Primary School of St. Joseph has received a donation of gardening supplies and plants compliments Sagicor General Insurance Inc and Sagicor General Somerset Sports Club.

The donation is part of a Sagicor initiative under the theme “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature” in which the `company committed support and donated supplies to primary schools in all the countries in which Sagicor General provides services in the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

The presentation which included gardening supplies and a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruit trees, was made during a small ceremony at the school’s compound at which the Acting Principal, several students and parents were present.

President of Somerset Sports Club, Ambrose Sylvester said, “Somerset was both excited and overwhelmed to work with Sagicor General Insurance, in the execution of such a vital project. Our partnership on this project demonstrates the extraordinary relationship which the Sports Club enjoys with Sagicor General Insurance over the years, where the parties remain both committed and respectful to each other’s ideals. This activity is particularly meaningful because we are working together to do a sustainable act for Dominica with the support of these students who represent the future of our country.”

Melvina Newton, representing HHV Whitchurch, one of Sagicor General’s Agents in Dominica, was also present at the event. She said, “Sagicor has a long history in the Caribbean, and it is critical that the point is made continuously that the future of our planet depends on an “All In” approach by individuals, families and institutions – whether the private sector or the public sector. Our activities here today, serve to emphasize the point that Sagicor believes deeply that we are partners with the countries in which we do business for a sustainable future. We are grateful for the support of the Somerset Sports Club in bringing this project to fruition and we are so thankful for the principal, parents and students at the Kaleb John Laurent Primary School for agreeing to be part of this.”

In addition to the provision of gardening supplies and plants, the project also included the redevelopment of the school’s kitchen garden by the Somerset Sports Club who undertook the required groundwork including preparation of the soil for planting, and the planting of a range of herbal seasonings and fruit bearing trees. Herbs planted included, celery, parsley, thyme, chive, among others but since there is a school Feeding Program at the School, vegetables such as, lettuce, cabbage, beet, broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes were also included.  Seven fruit bearing trees comprising soursop, sugar apple, lime and guava cherry were also planted.

The presentation was made on World Environment Day, Sunday, June 5, 2022.

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