On Wednesday February 29, Principal of The Combermere School, Mr Vere Parris, proudly announced the school’s latest infrastructure addition open for business! With the help of the Project Coordinator for the CoRe NETWORK Project, Mrs Vicky Merrick, and the FCT’s trusty carpenter Victor, the school was able to launch their own centre for use by current and past students, teachers and the parents of the school community.
CoRe NETWORK is a project focused on the drawing together of a common interest within an existing community to reduce their impact on the country’s only Municipal Solid Waste landfill at Mangrove Pond. Co is Community and Re is Recycling – Community Recycling NETWORK – a network of communities across Barbados who have recognised they can make a difference!
Combermere is in fact the last school to receive a CoRe NETWORK centre under this phase of the project which has been funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation. Project Coordinator, Vicky Merrick spoke of the addition of Combermere to the programme:- “Combermere is a great community oriented school with very active Old Scholars who have also been invited to contribute to the CoRe NETWORK Centre. It is a great opportunity for one of the leading Secondary Schools in this country to educate a generation of young people, their parents and family members, teachers and related community members of the benefits of recycling and how recycling can indeed contribute to a better environment.”
The CoRe NETWORK Project is one that has made visual impacts to the amount of waste that has been diverted from the landfill. Thanks to the driving enthusiasm of Vicky Merrick, this project has found sound partners in the communities who want to make this project a success in their own right which adds to the collective power of such a movement.
We look forward to more interest from local and international partners to expand this project to greater numbers and a greater geographical spread.
Thanks to Barbados Today for their coverage as seen in this pdf – Barbados Today March 1 2012