Air Jamaica staff Help School Children

Caribbean-American children in the New York City school system will begin the new school year with fresh school supplies in an improved learning environment, thanks to the staff of Caribbean carrier, Air Jamaica.

The Air Jamaica Lovebird Kids Club, a staff initiative to improve the education of children living in the Caribbean and in Caribbean communities in North America, will make in-kind contributions to three Brooklyn public schools following a recent site inspection.

So far, the staff charity has outfitted four schools in St. Lucia and in Montego Bay, Jamaica with state-of-the-art reading labs, and adopted two more in Florida by providing needy supplies that were not part of the regular school budget. “We anticipate doing a similar thing in New York in the weeks ahead,” said Air Jamaica manager and Kids Club Coordinator, Kaye Chong, who also revealed plans to introduce reading labs to two Kingston-based schools and two on the Eastern Caribbean island of Antigua.


The children across the Caribbean and in the United States have benefited from books, computers, televisions, musical instruments, and other educational tools from the staff of the Jamaica flag carrier.

This vision of both Kaye Chong and Allen Chastanet, the airline`s vice president of marketing and sales, has chalked up notable results - teachers report excellence, determination and creativity. “Children may not always listen to you, but they will emulate acts of kindness and love towards them,” said Chong, who is happy to see the initiative bearing good fruit.

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The Air Jamaica Kids Club, a US registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation, generates its funding and material resources from staff and company fundraisers, and individual and corporate donations.

Chong thanked all contributors to the Club, highlighting the important role of New York’s Island Boyz Golf Crew. “On behalf of our Caribbean children, we are thankful for the generous contributions that have been made in recent times, and we stand committed to continue serving the needs of underprivileged children in our communities,” she said.


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