In keeping with the theme for this year’s Child month’s celebrations under the theme ‘Children Need our Love and Protection…Get Involved,’ new hires from Sandals Resorts ventured to Whitehouse, Westmoreland to show their love and support to the students from Culloden Infant School.
The initiative which was facilitated by Sandals South Coast; saw the over 110 students being treated to an afternoon of sweet treats such as ice-cream and cake and reading sessions featuring specially selected storybooks by the Sandals Resorts new hires.
Principal of the institution, Michelle Whittingham shared that she appreciates the continuous support of the Sandals South Coast and Sandals Foundation family and their commitment to the development of her students and others in the community.
“Every child’s month we try to show extra appreciation to our students and we are truly grateful for the Sandals South Coast team for sharing this vision with us. The students enjoyed to stories told by the team and rehydration that was also provided. Children deserve to be loved and protected and we welcome the support to continue doing so from the Sandals Foundation and Sandals team” said Whittingham.
National Training Manager at Unique Vacations, Incorporation, Cynthia Bresseau who manages the training and familiarization process for the new hires, shared that she was delighted to share in the day with the students and that it was a pleasure to see the young minds engage with the Sandals Resorts team members.
“Including a Sandals Foundation component in our BDM Training Program is paramount. It is a way for our new hires to realize that they are part of something bigger. To truly understand the work that they do directly impacts the people of our islands. The Sandals South Coast team beautifully choreographed this initiative, which gave us the opportunity to interact and read to the children. This was an unforgettable, heartfelt experience, to be cherished and to motivate us as a Sales Team,” said Bresseau.
Meanwhile, Business Development Manager for South Carolina, Derek Wilson, shared that while the visit to Culloden Infant was an unexpected treat during their trip to tour the Sandals and Beaches properties within Jamaica. The children were excited and were very interactive.
“They were loving, amiable and eager to participate and interact with me. The Sandals Foundation has done a tremendous job of providing a strong educational and support foundation for these young children and I would not be shocked to see many future hospitality leaders come from this group due to their personalities and educational upbringing” Wilson shared.
Sharing similar sentiments, Business Development Manager for North Illinois and Chicago, Aaron Miller noted that the child-like innocence of the students was one of his most memorable moments.
“I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and getting to know the exceptional 3-year olds. My favorite memory from our visit was the smiles and laughter the children expressed while I read them a book about birds,” an elated Miller shared.