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Jun 18, 2014

New preschool building handed over in Hattieville

New Horizon 2014 moved to Hattieville today where the administration of the government school was officially handed over a new pre-school facility. The building was constructed along with the Belize Defense Force in record time with it has classrooms and amenities to accommodate an enrollment of a hundred preschoolers. The faculty and staff were overjoyed at the new addition to the school. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

From EP Yorke High School to Stella Maris to the Western Regional Hospital and now the Hattieville Government School. The New Horizon 2014 initiative by the US Embassy has been busy at work. The US Task Force along with the Belize Defense Force’s Light Engineering Company have for the past ten weeks been working on the construction of education and health facilities across the country. Today, the Hattieville Government School was officially handed over the keys to the spanking new facility for its early childhood learning program.

 

Steven Ernst

Tech Sgt. Steven Ernst, Project Manager

“We’ve been in country seventy-eight days and today was our final day and it took us a lot of work to put it together.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about the facility and what it includes.”

 

Tech Sgt. Steven Ernst

“It is a two classroom preschool and it has five bathrooms. So each class has a male and female bathrooms with a kitchen to be able to supply lunches for the children.”

 

Rhonda Rhaburn

The project is valued at one hundred and twenty thousand dollars and according to Head Teacher, Rhonda Rhaburn; it is a blessing for the school.

 

Rhonda Rhaburn, Head Teacher, Hattieville Government Preschool

“We have been lobbying for a new preschool. Our old preschool, when it rains, we get flooded so sometimes when we come in it is a river out there. so this is definitely a blessing from God and we thank New Horizons and our B.D.F. soldiers for accomplishing this wonderful building.”

 

For majority of the US soldiers, this is their first time participating in the New Horizon program and for Tech Sergeant Steven Ernst; it has been a learning experience to work alongside the B.D.F.

 

Tech Sgt. Steven Ernst

“It’s a coordination between our two countries to bring some training and get us to work together with the B.D.F. and with them on site, we were able to start from foundation, do block work together, put the roof on together and finish all the interior work. So it is a really good exercise getting to use experience from the B.D.F. because they had a little better block-laying experience. So it was nice to get them out here on it and then teach them some of the finish work that we do.”

 

For Rhaburn, she is thrilled and ready for the start of the new school year.

 

Rhonda Rhaburn

“I personally think, if we are in a new building, you will be more motivated; you’ll want to come to school each day and I think parents would want to send their parents to school—not only for the building, but because of the facilities, the teachers and everything else.  I am issuing out an invitation to all parents in Hattieville. We have the space, we have tables, we have chairs, we have the building; bring the preschoolers out….three year olds, four year olds, bring them out. Let them get access to early childhood education; it is very important.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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