Accommodation

    Grand Pineapple Beach Resort

    The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, supports education for those in need through its Adopted Schools Program across the Caribbean. From providing teaching training, supplies, and needed equipment to assisting with basic maintenance and building upgrades, The Sandals Foundation seeks to bring these schools to better standards so young minds can flourish. Additionally, The Sandals Foundation supports the education of young mothers through the Women's Centre of Jamaica.

    Guests may also get involved and give back while on vacation with the Reading Road Trip through Island Routes. Through this voluntourism initiative, visitors can volunteer (for a nominal fee which includes the cost of round trip transportation) 2 hours of their time at one of The Sandals Foundation's adopted schools and interact with children and help them with their literacy skills.

    We ask that guests give their donated items to our front desks. We do this to ensure that the items are distributed to many schools in the respective regions and not just the schools that have the Reading Road Trip.

    Project #1

    Whitehall Basic & Prepartory School serves 135 children from ages 3 through 12 years old.

    Mount Airy All Age School serves 650 children from ages 6 through 12 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet and Math

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    Project #2

    Happy Hearts Early Childhood Institution and West End Early Childhood Pre School serves 215 children from ages 3 through 6 years old.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Award Certificates, Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Laminating Pouches

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age Appropriate Story Books

    Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, World Maps, and Indian, Chinese African and European Charts

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    CDs, CD Players, Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, and Printers

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Connect Four and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Tambourines and Triangles

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, and Tennis Balls

    Clothing:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    Project #3

    The Cave Valley Primary is located in March Town Negril and serves a total of 305 children between the ages of 6 through 13 years of age. The supplies you bring also support a Reading Road Trip programme in which guests are encouraged to read and interact with the students and do exciting activities that match with the school’s curriculum, that includes music, language, and computer lessons.

    Needs

    General School Supplies:
    Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Buttons, Craft Scissors, Cotton Wool, Glitters, Sewing Needles, Stencils, Thread, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Educational Software, Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    CD Players, Cymbals, Maracas, Tambourines, and Triangles

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

    Clothing/Shoes:
    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Bandage and Cotton, Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, and Gloves

    Project #4

    The Women’s Centre of Jamaica provides a second chance at education for adolescent mothers. With 7 main centres and 11 outreach stations across the island, the facilities serve 200 young mothers through continued educational instruction, group and individual counselling, mentorship programmes and vocational training.

    You can help young mothers secure a better future by bringing feminine products that are a necessity but can sometimes be inaccessible due to no or low-income.

    Needs

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Hand Sanitizer, Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, and Unscented Soap

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 23, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.