TEACHERS WOWED WITH DOWNTOWN SHOPPING SPREE FROM DIGICEL
Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, May 8, 2013: For many others, Wednesday, May 8 was a normal shopping day in the Downtown Kingston area but for two very special teachers it was a day to let loose and ‘shop til they drop’ on a fun and exciting shopping spree courtesy of Digicel. The two teachers, Ms. Kaydian Parkinson, Geography & Social Studies teacher at Alpha High and Mr. Rennie Miller, Spanish & French teacher at Camperdown High emerged winners of the shopping spree when they were nominated by their students on Digicel’s Facebook page. Fans were asked to submit in less than 150 words why their teacher of choice deserved to be treated to shopping spree Downtown for a day. The initiative was a part of Digicel’s celebration of Teachers’ Day on May 8.
With spending money of J$50,000 each, the teachers had the opportunity to shop for anything they wanted at Bashco, Ammars, and Coronation Market as well as at the Digicel Experience Store at its Downtown regional headquarters. The teachers were chaperoned around Downtown by Digicel employees who then treated them to lunch at Jacqui Tyson’s eatery inside Digicel’s food court.
A very excited Kaydian Parkinson said, “As teachers we are often unappreciated but we play a critical role in the society. It is good that a company like Digicel sees the values in teachers.” This was seconded by Rennie Miller, who added that he was “very elated for the experience. It is a blessing because my paycheck could not have covered what took place today.”
According to Patrick King, Distribution Director at Digicel, who also joined the teachers on their never-before-experienced shopping spree, “This was a very fulfilling initiative for me personally because I taught Biology and Botany for a year at KC – so I understand the value of teachers to our society and the value in giving back to them. Initiatives like these make me very proud to be a Digicel employee.”
Continuing he said the initiative was part of Digicel’s commitment to the redevelopment of Downtown to bring back life and commerce to the heart of the city.