The Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, Margibi County yesterday received a donation of 75 first class ‘Prima’ mattresses from the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) for use by the school’s boarding students. The mattresses were presented to the school administration by the chairman of the Board of Governors of BWI, Jackson J. Paye.
The six inch, single size mattresses made locally by the foam and mattress manufacturer, LIPFOCO, cost US$19,500. The mattresses were received with a great deal of excitement, with the principal and chief executive officer of BWI, Harris Fomba Tarnue, in the lead, followed by Mr. Paye and his deputies for administration and student affairs.
The WLCU president, Ezzat Eid, who is also a member of BWI’s Board of Governors, presented the mattresses to Mr. Paye for onward presentation to the school’s administration. “This donation from the Lebanese community is necessary because it comes at a time when the administration has been making appeals to the Board, calling on members to seek external support for the institute. The Tarnue administration wants to see BWI reach its full potential as the premier center of academic excellence, or as it was prior to the country’s 14-year civil unrest,” Mr. Paye said.
Faculty members and students formed a celebratory march which was led by the institute’s melodious choristers. Mr. Paye expressed gratitude to the WLCU, and promised that the mattresses will be used for their intended purposes.
Mr. Tarnue, who later took to the podium, also expressed appreciation to the leadership of the WLCU, particularly to Mr. Eid, who represents the BWI Board at the union, for the donation.
The Montan Foundation Development Aid, a not-for-profit organization, which over the weekend installed two hand-washing stations on the BWI campus were also thanked for their support. The Montan group operates on the motto, “Helping to Meet the Needs of the Needy.”
The presentation brought together a representative of the newly inducted members of the BWI Retiree Elders Council, members of the faculty and employees of LIPFOCO Mattress Company.