JAM | May 19, 2023

Teachers from 63 schools across Jamaica celebrated by Sandals Resorts

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After a day well spent with great entertainment, delicious meals, and exciting games, teachers gathered around General Manger for Beaches Negril, Lancelot Lebert, for a celebratory shot. (Contributed photo)

Teachers Day was a special occasion to honour nation builders for their unwavering commitment to education and Sandals Resorts did just that.

On the monumental day, Sandals rolled out the red carpet to over 450 teachers from 63 schools across Jamaica to celebrate the monumental day. They were treated to lavish luncheons featuring a gastronomic feast of local cuisines, a health and wellness respite at the beach, superb entertainment, and a gamut of prizes including all-inclusive weekends for two at any participating Sandals resort in Jamaica.

Teachers from St. Ann and St. Mary were hosted by the Ochi region (Sandals Dunn’s River, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Sandals Royal Plantation, and Beaches Ocho Rios) to a Health and Wellness Teachers’ Day Extravaganza at Pearly Beach in St. Ann. The activity was staged by the resorts in partnership with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA).

Winners with their many gifts pause for a quick photo following an afternoon of Teacher’s Day festivities hosted at Sandals Montego Bay. (Contributed photo)

During this event, teachers benefited from a variety of services including HIV/syphilis testing, pap smears, general medical checkups, cholesterol, tetanus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations, blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Live entertainment and beach Olympics organised by the resorts saw teachers winning passes to Dunn’s River Falls and Green Grotto Caves. Four weekends for two to Sandals were also presented.

Educators in the Montego Bay region continuously raved about the resort’s deluxe luncheon and the care shown to them. Throughout the event, they were showered with gifts, tokens and day passes. They were also on the receiving end of a power-packed address from award-winning educator and Principal of the St. Mary’s Preparatory school, Dr. Anthony Taylor.

Veteran teacher, Jaqueline McLeod-Richards, from Innswood High School, was effusive in her praise for the resort’s efforts.

The elated Shaunette Scarlett, teacher at Bethany Primary School is all smiles as she collects her vacation of a 2 nights/3 days stay at any Sandals Resorts in Jamaica from Lyndsay Isaacs, regional public relations manager. (Contributed photo)

“This is my first time here at Sandals Montego Bay and I now understand how they earned their high reputation for service, it was well worth the drive,” she said, noting that the food was good, the entertainment great, and the staff was better than the best.

“This Teachers’ Day celebration has given me so much hope and so much to look forward to for next year,” she added.

Fellow educators hosted by Sandals and Beaches Negril surrendered to the merriment of the afternoon by dancing, dining from exquisite gourmet selections prepared by the resort’s gastronomes, and being serenaded by live vocalists.

Sandals Montego Bay’s Entertainers; Remone ‘Fantastic Jay’ Watson (l) and Ricardo McCook brought the curtains down on a power-packed Teacher’s Day luncheon with a duet of Andy Williams’ The Impossible Dream. (Contributed photo)

“Today was such a good day for us because we felt truly loved and respected. We take great pride in building the nation’s children to reach their fullest potential and these initiatives are truly the kinds of things that encourage us to continue to do the work,” said Helen Clarke, principal of the Happy Hearts Early Childhood Institute, who spent her day with the Sandals and Beaches Negril team.

Every teacher attending the Negril region’s luncheon was also presented with a special token.

Sandals South Coast treated teachers in the western region to an à la carte luncheon featuring some of the resort’s chef’s top picks inside the popular Eleanor’s restaurant. They also participated in engaging activities with some teachers winning amazing prizes.

General Manager at Sandals South Coast, O’Brian Heron awards Kings Primary School teacher, Shermonique Campbell with a weekend for two at the resort’s recently held Teachers’ Day luncheon. (Contributed photo)

One of two lucky winners of a weekend for two, Shermonique Campbell from the Kings Primary School in Westmoreland, shared how elated she was to be one of the day’s biggest winners as this is the first time she has ever won a prize in a competition of any kind. “My colleagues and I enjoyed ourselves and I was overwhelmed when my number was selected in the raffle for the weekend vacation. This is my first time winning something like this, so I felt really special and honored that Sandals South Coast was so intentional in ensuring we felt the love and the feeling of family and support,” Campbell shared.

A total of 10 two-night/three days stays for two were awarded, and teachers throughout the regions were beside themselves with excitement about the prospects of returning to a Sandals resort with their loved ones.

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