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Jonathan Grant High School sustains greenhouse project

The WATA team presents a $500,000 cheque

The WATA team presents a $500,000 cheque to Jonathan Grant High School for sustaining their greenhouse
project in the WATA Sustainability Competition.

Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink Coordinator

WISYNCO GROUP Limited believes in the  development of the youth, the economy and  the environment. Through their brand  WATA, they have once again made an impact in the  lives of the students and teachers at Jonathan Grant  High School, which is located on Salt Pond Road in St  Catherine.

  In June 2017, Jonathan Grant was one of two schools  to be awarded $750,000 for first place in the WATA  Sustainability Competition for creating an ‘Eco-Smart  Greenhouse’ that promoted the preservation of the  environment. 

The students of Jonathan Grant, under the  supervision of their teachers, were able to ingeniously  use plastic bottles to construct their greenhouse, which  also included a fully integrated aquaponics system.  Additionally, the greenhouse enabled them to harvest  several crops such as lemongrass, mint, peppers and  basil – most of which are currently used to supply the  school’s canteen. 

As a reward for the sustainability of their project,  Jonathan Grant was given an additional award of  $500,000 on Monday, April 23, from the WATA team.  “We’re very elated that our students were able to  maintain the project, and we are looking forward to  expanding it even further,” said Lisa Powell-Brown,  senior teacher and project leader. “I thank WATA for  recognising the hard work of our students and we will  definitely use a portion of the earnings to enhance the  project.” 

The school was congratulated for their hard work and  dedication by Councillor Claude Hamilton from the  Portmore Pines division, who extended greetings and  congratulations on behalf of Mayor Norman Scott,  chairman of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.  “Jonathan Grant, as a school, has grown from a seed  to a mighty tree which cannot be taken lightly. When  we recognised that this WATA Sustainability  Competition was won by Jonathan Grant, we were  awed,” said Councillor Hamilton.  Also in attendance was Kenisha Allen, councillor of  the Spanish Town division and a past student of  Jonathan Grant.  “We’d like to applaud the students and teachers of  Jonathan Grant for not only constructing such an  amazing and impactful project, but for sustaining it over  the period,” commented Shelly-Ann Dunkley,  environment communication officer at Wisynco Group  Limited. “It is very heart-warming to see how involved  the students are in the project and how excited they are  to be a part of preserving our environment.” 

Wisynco, through a number of their brands,  continues to promote best practices that lead to the  improvement and sustainability of the environment. In  addition to the WATA Sustainability Competition, the  company has led several environmental initiatives, such  as the Wisynco Eco Club recycling competition and  Recycle Me campaign.

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