The Salvation Army School received a donation today of several cans of paint to renovate their classrooms. This donation comes from a collaboration between Children First and Last (CFAL) and Universal Hardware. The secretary for CFAL, Pat Lamb, and the Belize City Branch Manager of Universal Hardware, Corny Dueck, told us why they believe the donation will have an impact on the returning students.
Pat Lamb, Secretary, Children First and Last: “We have been talking about doing something for the schools that we work with for some time. Primarily we work with two main schools in Belize City, Salvation being one and Calvary Temple the other. We realized that there was a need for some painting for some beautifications and principal Logan had spoken to us about it. Our President Mr.Leckie approached Universal and this came about. So Universal decided to assist us and donated the paints and here we are today.
Corny Dueck, Belize City Branch Manager, Universal Hardware: “Universal Hardware believes in education very much and we believe that’s one of the keys to change the city and the nation and so Universal as a company we have just started selling this brand of paints and we decided that it’s a great way of supporting and uplifting this country and the education system and the kids to donate paint because paint in the rooms it really changes the atmosphere and so painting is a very good thing to make it brighter. So we have committed that we want to start donating paint to paint schools one school a year and so this is the start and this is the first one that we’re doing here but we’re gonna continue to do this to uplift lives and to make this country a better place.”
The principal of Salvation Army, Evadney Glenn, stated how grateful she is for the donation, since it is usually difficult to find the funds to repaint classrooms every year.
Evadney Glenn, Principal, Salvation Army: “I am very grateful because that has been a problem for us, every year we need to paint and we need to figure out how we’re going to get the money to paint the classrooms. Brightening up the spot means that the children have a brighter attitude, behavior so we see that that helps with behavior; a bright spot makes a good child at least I think so. I believe they’re going to be very excited. It’s a new environment, new paint, new attitude, new things to learn, it will help them – it will help them to come on board with the new procedures and policies that we have had to develop.”
CFAL will also be doing the same donation for Calvary Temple School.