According to Cherine Anderson President of The R.O.C. Foundation, " We are thrilled to be able to do the tour for a third year. One of the greatest investments we can make in this country is in the education of Jamaican children." She continues, "We truly value the hard work of teachers but we also realize the importance of mentorship, conversations and keeping students encouraged as early as 9 and 10 years old".
Schools to be visited this year are Rollington Town Primary, Mountain View Primary, Franklyn Town Primary, Windward Road Primary & Jr. High, Dupont Primary, Excelsior Primary and Clan Carthy Primary. This year's tour also entails a special Labor Day Project, spearheaded by R.O.C's Ambassador and the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients.
According to Ms. Natanell Francis, School Tour coordinator "There is always an element of surprise with our tours because we never advertise who the Celebrity speakers will be. We try to keep it interesting and present the students with speakers from different professional backgrounds." Last year students were engaged in lively discussions with International Footballer Ricardo "Bibi" Gardener, Journalist and Radio Host Leighton Levy, Jeweler and Business Owner Duane Bennette of Reve Jewelry, Financial Advisor Natoya Anderson as well as International Reggae artiste Tarrus Riley.
The R.O.C. "Stand For Something" School Tour commences on Tuesday May 13th and continues through. The tour is made possible through the support of R.O.C. Foundation founders Cherine Anderson and Patrick Lindsay as well as a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers.