The ATL Team was hard at work on Labour Day 2012. Staff Members from various departments volunteered to repaint a critical pedestrian crossing on the busy Half-Way-Tree Road thoroughfare.
Culinary students at Spaldings High in Clarendon have pledged to bake a cake for ATL Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart after he donated a J$250,000-Vulcan six-burner commercial grade oven to their department this week.
Principal of Spaldings High George Henry along with Richard Azan Member of Parliament for North West Clarendon (MP) and Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works & Housing, were on hand at the 39-year-old institution as Assistant Deputy Chairman of Appliance Traders Limited Ian Neita delivered the unit to the school.
Operating at over eight times the speed than a domestic unit, the stainless steel commercial oven is a premium addition to the school’s culinary department, “This is a push in the right direction for our students and will be immensely useful to our food and nutrition programme. We are deeply grateful for ATL’s donation and we’ll have to show Mr. Stewart how well the oven works by sending him some baked goodies,” said Joan Thompson, head of the home economics department.
Speaking on behalf of ATL’s Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Neita said that Stewart insisted that the school receive the unit, stressing that he was only too happy to support an educational endeavor. “Mr. Stewart and ATL were pleased to make this donation to Spaldings High and having prominent ties in the hospitality arena he understands the importance of the culinary arts and extends his encouragement to local budding talent,” Neita said.
MP Richard Azan echoed Stewart’s sentiments stressing the importance of education, “Spaldings High is brimming with potential, but to ensure that our children succeed we must first make sure they have the tools they need. I have a lot of confidence in this school and with this new range oven, I’m expecting Jamaica’s next culinary genius to be spawned right here in this kitchen” he said.