At the Skylark Negril Beach Resort, we are committed to supporting our surrounding community and promoting the culture of giving back. Skylark is proud to help underwrite the Rockhouse Foundation, established more than a decade ago by the owners of Skylark and it’s sister property, the Rockhouse Hotel. The foundation is devoted to transforming the places Jamaican children learn and supporting the great people who teach them.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Since 2003, the Rockhouse Foundation has invested almost US$5 million in projects designed to improve childhood education in Western Jamaica. This includes the transformation and modernization of six schools: Moreland Hill Primary and Infant Schools, Negril All Age School, Negril Basic School, Little Bay All Age and Infant Schools, Bunch of Stars E.C.I., and Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy (SIIA), in addition to the complete renovation and expansion of the Negril Community Library.
The Rockhouse Foundation is currently tackling their most ambitious project to date: creating a full-inclusion education community from birth through high school in Westmoreland’s capital. In September 2017, the Foundation proudly opened the doors to Jamaica’s first special needs early childhood school, Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy (SIIA), the first project they had designed, developed and built from the ground up. Today, there are 80 pre-K students enrolled, including children with special needs and regular learners who are educated together under the same roof.
This past summer the Foundation began renovating two buildings at the Sir Clifford Campbell School, the primary school adjacent to the SIIA, where children were having lessons in outdoor tents for the past few years. They are now undertaking a full transformation of the school campus, a project that will take several years to complete in order to successfully receive the mixed ability population.
WHERE DO THE DONATIONS GO?
The Rockhouse Foundation focuses on more than just modernizing the school building itself. Not only is the teaching environment important, but the educators themselves play a key role in the quality of education the students are receiving.
Studies have shown that in order for children to succeed, especially those growing up in poverty, they need a strong support system and foundation. The founders of the Rockhouse Foundation recognize this, and work to create beneficial learning environments for Western Jamaica’s youth. The hope is that through the efforts of the foundation, the students can thrive not only in their educational pursuits but also in the larger community. Because of the Rockhouse Foundation, thousands of children and their families are positively impacted every day.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The Rockhouse Foundation hosts many events and fundraisers throughout the year to raise awareness and garner support for the cause. Keep an eye out for these happenings on social media, @rockhousefoundation, and on the events page of the website.
You can also contribute through the secure server or bring school supplies on your trip to Jamaica. In the United States and Jamaica, all donations are tax deductible as the foundation is a licensed, tax-exempt charity in both locations. Check out our list of school supplies needed, and see if you can fit anything in your suitcase when you stay with us at Skylark. Any contribution is greatly appreciated and brings us that much closer to achieving our goals!
Come join us at Skylark Negril Beach Resort, sister property to Negril’s legendary clifftop Rockhouse Hotel. Our newest resort is situated on the pristine, white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Skylark is a staunch supporter of the Rockhouse Foundation, and we encourage you to take part in the weekly, complimentary school tour during your visit!
Browse our accommodations to start planning your stay, and make sure to get a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide. In the guide, you will find a complete list of what to see and do while in Negril. Inside, there is everything from local hot spots to the top attractions in the area. We can’t wait to show you our vibrant community!