Newstead Primary School came out on top for the 2017-2018 LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Program (REAP) competition. The announcement was made during the annual awards ceremony held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Jamaica Pegasus.
Newstead Primary, from the parish of St. Mary, placed first in the competition after working arduously to effect positive change in the surrounding environs. For their outstanding efforts, they received 10 brand new, top of the line computers for their school. They also reaped the LASCO iCool Award for Most Plastic Bottles Collected with an outstanding total of 132,083 PET bottles and received a $100,000 cash prize for their effort.
Bath Primary and Junior High, based in St Thomas, retained second place overall in the competition followed by last year’s winner, Fort George Primary and Infant school from St. Ann. Bath Primary received a Smart TV and DVD Player for placing second while Fort George received a Projector and screen for copping third in the competition. Fort George also won the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation Award for Most Trees Planted by planting 3001 trees and received a $100,000 cash prize for their outstanding achievement. Highgate Primary won the Walkerswood Prize for Best National Garden earning them a cash prize of $50,000 and a 650 Gallon water tank courtesy of Rototech.
Celebrating their sixth successful year under the theme: “Rooting for Nature”, LASCO Reap has played an incremental role in advancing and promoting environmental awareness and good environmental practices.
Stephen Newland, Founder and Project Director of LASCO REAP, strongly believes it is imperative to engage our students in ways such as these so as to make eco-friendly practices a norm in Jamaica.
“Being eco-friendly is becoming increasingly more important. Engaging our students in eco-friendly activities from an early stage is even more important. Children are the future, so if we can show them the importance of good environmental practices now, it will no doubt become a part of Jamaica’s future,” Newman stated.
Chairman and Founder of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, the Hon. Lascelles Chin, also shares the sentiments expressed by Newman.
“REAP is playing a vital role in developing environmentally responsible habits in our young people. Habits every citizen of the world should practice. We must each play our part, no matter how small; and stop waiting on Governments and international legislation to fix the problem,” implored the Chairman.
During the last six years, LASCO REAP has engaged over 500 schools in their quest to preserve and protect Jamaica’s environment. The competition has also encouraged over 200 schools to begin gardening projects.
Established in 2012, the LASCO REAP competition engages schools in order to increase participation in sustainable environmental practices, including tree planting, recycling, energy conservation and well-kept school and community environs.