Giving Back To Alma Mater: Jimmy Jolocon Gets Lab Equipment From Alumnus Trinida Kollie

Partial view of the 2014/2015 senior class members who are excited about the donation in their school's lab
Partial view of the 2014/2015 senior class members who are excited about the donation in their school’s lab

Authorities and students of the Jimmy Jolocon High School in Gardnersvillle are celebrating the donation of a consignment of laboratory equipment that would have cost the school thousands of United States dollars to acquire.

The donation made recently by alumnus Trinida Kollie will help boost the school’s lab and prepare students for national and other exams, officials have said.

Trinida, currently residing and working as a nurse in the United States, was among the school’s 3rd batch of graduates in 1999, and the proprietor of Jimmy Jolocon, Emmanuel Doe Weiah, says he is very surprised by the donation and proud of his school’s product.

“We are grateful to God,” a buoyant Weiah continued. “We feel excited and very proud to be able to benefit from a graduate of this school.”

Weiah said the donation comes at the right time when the school, the country by extension, is preparing for the West Africa Senior High School Exams.

“Having a good and equipped lab is one of the prerequisites for sitting the exam and making good marks,” the school’s principal Amos D. Doe, also an alumnus, noted.

The donated materials, among others, include microscope, test tubes, graduated cylinders, meters, thermometers, scientific chats and laboratory chemicals.

A view of some senior students and faculty members in the school's lab, with partial view of the donated materials before them
A view of some senior students and faculty members in the school’s lab, with partial view of the donated materials before them

“I never expected this donation from Trinida; to see this happens is a surprise.” the 75-year-old educator asserted.

He recalled that Trinida was an active, smart and studious student who participated in every activities of the school, and called on other alumni in and out of the country to stretch their hands to the growth and development of the school as their colleague has done.

“We send out an SOS to all our former students and alumni, especially in the Diaspora, like Trinida, to make any contribution to the development of the school as a solid academic institution,” he pleaded.

The school’s principal, Doe, is even quite elated, envisaging a bright prospect about the donation. “With this donation, our students will not only read and hear about these equipments, but will see, touch and work with them to enhance their learning capabilities.”

Doe vow that the school will take proper care of the donated materials, use them wisely to maximize the desired impact, “so that Trinida will be proud and encouraged to do more.”

Mr. Edwin Newman Sr., Faculty Advisor of Jimmy Jolocon, said he was pleased that Trinida is one of the few products of the school who have decided on giving back to her alma mater. “I am so proud of her contribution to her alma matter,” the snail-pace speaking Newman said.

Meanwhile students of the school are enthusiastic for the donation, as scores of senior students were seen in the lab packing, arranging and testing the equipment which they will used to enhance their learning. Writes D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh (Class of 1999/2000)


Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/

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