THE Alice Smith School Foundation and new facilities were officially launched at The Alice Smith School (Secondary Campus).
School head Roger Schultz said, “The Alice Smith School is here to bring children up
to be the best of them and we are full of hope and optimism as the custodian of the future.
“Today, our new chapter begins, and we will continue to make a difference with the foundation,” he said.
Council chair Marama Schnitker added that the proverb “one generation plants the tree, another gets the shade” best describes the foundation.
“It is for young people in Malaysia in the days to come.
“The foundation is rich in transformative scopes, focusing on five areas — scholarships and bursaries, community, special educational projects, buildings and facilities and endowment,” Schnitker said.
Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, who was appointed as the foundation’s board chairman, said no gift was too small to be contributed.
“A family can spend RM1,000 for dinner in Kuala Lumpur, so it is not a problem to donate RM1,000 to the foundation,” he said.
He added that RM1,000 was nothing much but it would add so much more non-monetary value in the future.
“I am not eyeing getting RM1,000 per family, but on RM1mil which, when collectively brought in by 1,000 families, can make significant differences,” said Zaki.
The foundation’s launch also coincided with the opening of the new facilities where the Humanities, Library, Sixth Form and Indoor Sports Blocks were refurbished and extended at the campus.
Present to launch the new facilities was British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell.
The area of the new facilities measured more than 6,000 sq m and they have been in use since August.
Engineer Jessie Lee, 46, was excited about the new facilities.
“The new facilities are incredible and amazing, the library can now serve more students in a holistic way. Besides, with the new facilities for sports, they can now expand after-school extracurricular activities for my kids,” Lee said.
David Ng, 52, said about the foundation, “As a parent, I think it is wonderful to help out the underprivileged children and channel profits back to the community.”
Through the foundation, people now can donate to the school for its financial costs.
Philanthropists will be awarded a Gold Star (for every RM10,000 donation), Silver Star (for every RM5,000 donation) and Bronze Star (for every RM1,000 donation).