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In February 2019, Albert J. A. ("Jay") and Orsia Young again presented top-quality laptop computers to Jamaican high school students, the Jamaica Constable Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).
The Youngs have stayed in the Caribbean island nation during the winter for the past thirteen years, including nine visits to the Sandals Royal Plantation Resort in St. Ann, Jamaica.
"We have made the Sandals Resorts our 'home away from home,' " says Jay Young, "and ever since a friend introduced us to the Sandals Foundation, we have been happy to contribute to its work supporting students and schools on the island."
This year, the Youngs purchased five laptops for students, two for the JCF and three for the JFB. "We are extremely happy for this opportunity to own a laptop," said Westwood (Jamaica) High School student Olisa Jarrett. "We will not waste this opportunity!"
In addition to the laptops, the Sandals Foundation provided each of the students a backpack filled with school supplies; this was presented by Arnold Nugent, general manager of the Sandals Royal Plantation Resort, who said: "The Foundation is very passionate about educating our children to reach greatness. By providing needed resources and tools, and creating environments where they will flourish as individuals, you have most assuredly helped assist them in preparation for their CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) and CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams) examinations," Nugent added.
Jay Young agreed with Nugent, saying: "The Foundation is deeply rooted in the community, and can identify where the greatest needs are. Our relationship with the Sandals Foundation has now resulted in an amazing circle of giving," Jay added. "It is rewarding to see the love and happiness on the faces of the recipients, and I will not soon forget the kind words of appreciation spoken by the beneficiaries. It was magical! Those children were extraordinary, so adorable, kind and gracious; we are truly honoured to be able to be helpful to such deserving students," Jay concluded.