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Former Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia and a 1999/2000 graduate of the school, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, making the symbolic presentation on behalf of the 2004/05 class to Mr. Emmanuel Doe Weiah, Proprietor of the school


The administration and students of the Jimmy Jolocon High School in Gardnersville, suburb of Monrovia on Monday (April 10) stood in jubilation when former students of the school donated modern white boards as a way of contributing to improving the learning process at their Alma matter.

The donation, made by the 2004/2005 Class (Espirit De Corps) include installation of three white boards in the three senior classes of the school along with teaching accessories, totaling US$600.00.

“We have come today to give back to Jimmy Jolocon what Jolocon has given us over the years,” Francis N. Manning, project committee head told hundreds of students and the school’s authorities during the presentation.

Manning and his former classmates said they had been thinking about what to do for their former school, since they never had the opportunity to undertake a project during their stay at the institution.

He said they therefore resolved, through social media interactions, to replace old chalkboards with modern white boards in each of the classrooms, beginning with the three 12th grade classes.

Manning said when they attended the school 12 years ago, they were taught from blackboards. “Today, we are in a modern world. Twelve years later, we can’t be using the same blackboard in our school when others are modernizing their classrooms.”

Daezoe Bolay, another member of the donating class, said they were proud to come back to identify with the institution that did so much for them. She urged other classes and alumni of the school to think about giving back.

Former Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia and a 1999/2000 graduate of the school, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, who was invited to grace the occasion, described the donation as ‘historic’.

“Today, we’ve come here to witness history…to see former students coming to give back to their Alma matter,” he said. Mr. Sengbeh noted that the gesture by the 2004/2005 graduates now serves as a motivation and challenge other classes and alumni of the school to reciprocate the valuable education acquired from the school.

The school, in its official appreciation response read by student Melanie Harper, said it was honored by the gesture of the alumni.

“The installation of three modern maker boards in the three sections of the senior class is the symbol of your love for your school and a gratitude for obtaining your high school education from Jimmy Jolocon School,” read a statement from the students.

-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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