In commemoration of World Environmental Awareness Week, The Tryall Club’s Green Team supported the Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High Environmental Awareness Club to a victory at the National Solid Waste Management Authority Annual School competition. They beat out well funded and more established schools in Western Jamaica to become not just the Top Regional School with the cleanest environment but also the winner of Waste to Art competition and Hanover Parish’s Top clean school. The awards not just included a trophy but monetary and gif items award of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars Jamaican.
“As a small rural school Sandy Bay Primary has managed to be consistent leaders in the school environmental achievements,” said Shaku Ramcharan, the Tryall Club’s Environmental Manager, “it is largely in part due to fierce community support and the dedication of environmental teacher advocates, like Yvonne Hill [the Sandy Bay Primary Environmental Awareness Club Teacher Leader].”
The school produced beautiful works of arts and crafts from recycled material, primarily plastics and when as far as creating an entire shade house from used PET bottles. Ms. Hill, the driving force behind upcycling ideas at the school said of the annual competition which Sandy bay is always a top contender “When we go, we go to win.”
The children learned all about agricultural practices in their small vegetable garden and how to care and grow vegetables, specifically tomatoes, cabbage, gungo (pigeon) peas and bell peppers. The Tryall Club gardeners helped teach the children organic farming methods used in the Club’s own organic garden. Some of the recycling material which won the Waste to Art competition was provided from guest use at the 2013 Sustainably Accommodation winner’s hotel. The Green Team of Tryall Club has been sponsors of the Sandy Bay Environmental Club for two year now and has seen the school through its triumphs with the JET annual competitions and the enhancement of its STEP (Skills Training for Employment Program) program top status.