Jamaican Primary School

by Dianne Birney

Thornton Primary School is the local school in Sunning Hill, Jamaica. There are 120 students in the school and the Principal is M.P. Burton. There are six teachers.

Below is a list of supplies needed by this and other basic schools on the island.

Wish List:

  • Markers
  • Plain paper
  • Folder leaves
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Reading kits
  • Flash cards
  • Smiling face stickers
  • Staple machine
  • Typing sheets
  • Thumb tacks
  • Paint sets
  • Tape
  • Small Scissors
  • Books
  • Drawing books
  • Coloring books
  • Tape recorder
  • Cassettes
  • Building blocks

The primary school is right by Mokko's yard.

The teachers have extended a big Thank-You for contributions!

In Jamaica, parents must supply school uniforms and supplies. This is a large barrier for many families who want to send their children to school.

Lunch of buns and milk are provided everyday. But, a box lunch of rice and peas and chicken can be purchased at the tuc shop (little shop) across the street, for those who can afford it. This is a mighty fine treat.


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Rusty sign says Thornton School
Thornton Primary School Sign

Jamaican twin girls in uniforms stand with white woman, all making funny expression
New uniforms, funny lips

Jamaican twins with green uniforms and plaited hair
Off to Thornton Primary School in Jamaica


Colorful schoolroom with many posters and a chalkboard, desks too small for the children.
Fourth & Fifth Grade Classroom with Mrs. Aldridge

Buns in plastic bags and a red tub filled with bags of milk
Buns and milk are provided everyday

Three Jamaican girls in green uniforms
Shawna & Shannell with friend in their uniforms

Small Jamaican children standing by an outdoor sink with many faucets
Handwashing Station at the Jamaican Primary School

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