Divi & Tamarijn All Inclusive Resorts were paired with Pius X elementary school on the Kids Council platform, an initiative by Dutch Princess Laurentien in which local 6 graders got to brainstorm, resolving adult challenges, in hospitality.
The initiative, now in its fourth year, resulted in collaboration beyond the council, and Divi & Tamarijn All Inclusive Resorts deserve recognition for the ongoing good work they do in our community.
On a recent Tuesday morning, the kids of elementary school Pius X in Dakota were waiting outside in the schoolyard, on the freshly laid asphalt, in a neatly arranged circle waiting for the headmistress to lead them in the morning prayer, followed by an exciting breakthrough.
The new, just-donated air-conditioners were going to be turned on that day.
Divi & Tamarijn All-Inclusive facilitated the installation of 12 air-conditioners in classrooms which previously offered education under uninsulated corrugated roof panels.
It was a long process, beginning in March, when an electrician went through the school wiring, redoing the installation. The work had to be inspected by ELMAR, then Crown came in to hook things up.
Divi’s Managing Director, Alex Nieuwmeyer, pressed the remote, cool air started flowing in, like magic.
The school belongs to SKOA, Stichting Katholiek Onderwijs, the foundation running 15 kindergartens, 25 elementary schools, 5 secondary schools and 1 school for students with special needs. Eighteen of the foundation’s learning institutions are still on the list for air-conditioning installation.
SKOA’s director Anuesca Baly was on hand to express gratitude to Divi on the fantastic donation, in time for the new school year.
The kids stood outside in a circle, impeccably groomed in their little yellow polo shirts and freshly combed morning-hair, the headmistress led the morning prayer, students crossed themselves judiciously, then sang the school’s anthem, filled with gratitude and praise.
Any day, which starts with a prayer and a song is a good day, said the headmistress.
It was a touching moment, as the headmistress led two hundred little voices in a charming chant: Thank you Divi for the Airco.Q