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Jan 16, 2015

SJC Launches Fundraising Initiative

A fundraising initiative was launched this morning by one of the oldest and largest academic institutions in Belize. Saint John’s College is hoping to raise a significant amount of money to carry out remedial work on infrastructure on its campus on Princess Margaret Drive. The idea is to involve the alumni and community in the effort. Duane Moody has a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

St. John’s College in Belize City is celebrating its one hundred and twenty-eighth year of service to the Jewel on January seventeenth. A total of sixteen thousand persons have graduated from the institution. Over the years, however, the condition of several buildings including the chapel, the student center used by the sixth form and some classrooms has deteriorated. According to President, Andrew Lopez, SJC and other grant-aided schools no longer receives subsidies from the government of Belize for capital and infrastructural projects.

 

Andrew Lopez

Andrew Lopez, President, SJC

“Those building including the high school administrative building; Fordyce Memorial Chapel, which is still a physical plant gem in the city; Yorke Hall over on the junior college side of the campus—the roofs of these buildings are cracking and when it rains, they leak. Students know what I am talking about, the principal knows what I am talking about; the dean knows what I am talking about. The other critical infrastructure issue that we are grappling with today and you guys have observed this is whenever it rains heavily, the grounds are flooded. This is because the canals around are clogged and the waters is not draining in effectively and efficiently. So we have to connect them effectively so that the canals empty into the Caribbean Sea that is on the northeastern end of the campus. The operation of the college is more than just upgrading and maintaining physical infrastructure. You have to deal with curriculum and all the other expenses. So this fund will be restricted to supporting critical infrastructural projects.”

 

Reporter

“But financially, SJCJC is not in no trouble?”

 

Andrew Lopez

“Well we manage a good financial ship and currently we are in the black.”

 

Spearheaded by the board of the Alumni Association of SJC, the school’s annual fundraising initiative, SJC Alumni Pledge Drive, was revamped and launched today at the institution. The intention is to create an alumni fund that will be used to provide the quality education services that the institutions offer to its students.

 

Adelaide Sabido

Adelaide Sabido, Advancement and Alumni Director, SJC

“We must cultivate to the fullest in every instance that unbreakable bond particularly in our recognition of its mutually sustaining source as having the greatest potential for a successful campaign. Ultimately, it is the service of the school, the alumni/alumnae and the community to each other that produces benefits of collaboration and unity. Both are manifested through alumni participation in today’s activity that is designed to fulfill the many objectives of the alumni association—most important around them at this time, is our full participation in the college’s capital campaign, the annual SJC Alumni Pledge Drive. As we reach out to everyone to support the administration’s efforts to meet the awesome challenges each day, we are in turn reminded every single day that the best way to acknowledge and honor the work of all those who came before us, from the first chief administrative officer of SJC right through to the current college president’s predecessor is for us to do more for this generation and the others to follow.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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