Jun 26, 2011 News
…White Castle Fish Shop the benefactor
More than 300 meals were prepared by the White Castle Fish Shop on Thursday and distributed to students, teachers and parents of the David Rose School for the Handicapped as part of the company’s aim to “give back to the community.”
Dellon Williams, a representative of the White Castle Fish Shop, told Kaieteur News that his boss, Jermaine Langevine, was out of the country but had left specific instructions that this initiative be carried out despite his absence.
According to Williams, the company visited the David Rose School for the Handicapped last month and provided lunch meals for all students after Langevine decided that he would like to “play a role in the lives of disabled children”.
He had conducted a survey and recognised that this school of disabilities is often overlooked and neglected by society, as it relates to businesses and organisations making donations which are much needed, thus making this school his target area.
Kaieteur News understands that each student was given some fruit juice and a box of fish and chips for their lunch. This initiative would be a “regular activity.”
In addition to the school feeding programme, Langevine was also concerned about the students having a proper playfield and adequate recreational time. He sought permission to have the school’s playfield “graded” and prepared to accommodate the students of the David Rose School for the Handicapped.
Machinery was already on site when Kaieteur News visited the school on Thursday and workmen had begun their jobs.
Headmistress of the school, Dionne McKenzie, told this newspaper that such an effort is welcomed by the school and parents of the students since on previous occasions the children would have had to walk all the way from the school to the National Park just to have physical education classes.
McKenzie stated that this was the second phase of Langevine’s idea of giving back to the community and it has been “upped a bit with the rehabilitation of the playfield.” She expressed gratitude on behalf of the teaching administration and most importantly on the students’ behalf.
Shady McAllister, an 18-year-old who is currently in Grade Six, told Kaieteur News that she was extremely pleased that the students of her school would be benefiting from a rehabilitated playfield since they never had an opportunity to utilise the area due to it being in a poor state.
“It feels nice to play inside the yard. I am glad they are making the playground good for us to use and they are helping us to make sure we enjoy playing and we can be happy now,” said McAllister.
Another student, 13-year-old Akeel Blucher, expressed his joy at having a playfield for the first time.
“This is a fine idea and we will all get to play in our yard. We will be very happy to play as much as we want and play games we never played before,” stated the teen.
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