Award-winning primary school groundsman recalls tough childhood

Hon. Fayval Williams (left), minister of education and youth (left) , and Mona Sue-Ho, Senior Manager for Social Development at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (center), present an award to Denis Reid Groundsman at the Edward Seaga Primary School.
May 13, 2024
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Two pink poui trees shed their flowers by the hundreds in the front yard of the St Andrew Primary School but Denis Reid doesn’t mind; he sweeps them with pride. At 70 years old, he has finally found purpose. And this is it.

He is a groundsman – the best in at least four parishes islandwide, according to the 2024 Best Kept School and Community Competition put on by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), in collaboration with several other state entities.