"The Watson Town Basic School Mission of Hope"

The Watson Town Basic School is located in Dumfries, St James Jamaica a small rural town about 45 minutes outside of Montego Bay. There is one road that leads through the community. .The school sits at the bottom  of the road, on a corner piece of property donated by the Hampden Estates sugar cane plantation.  The founders of the school are Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley Spence, who both were born and raised in Jamaica, lived abroad, but retired and returned to the community of their birth. After returning to Jamaica, the Spences noticed a large portion of the children in Dumfries were not in school during the day, and idle.  Being educated themselves, and also strong willed, they decided to start a school. The Spences have continued their mission for 17 years to provide a quality education for the children of Watson Town, and empower students to achieve. They feel that students can rise above any circumstance with an education as their tool. Many graduates have gone on to prestigious colleges and schools in Jamaica and abroad. Their motto is: "Young Minds are Power." Irieivibesradiodetroit.com has sponsored the school for eight years now, shipping barrels of supplies each year. The school is in need of resources to provide a better environment for the students and teachers They need furniture, school supplies, teaching materials, shoes, clothing, and funds to enroll students of families who are unable to afford school fees . If you are interested in donating to the school, or sponsoring a student, contact Pamela Jones @ p.welsh26@gmail.com for more information.


Enrollment this year at Watson Town Basic School is 57 students, ages 2-5, with 33 boys, and 24 girls.

Presently the fee for the school year is $9,000JA ($75US)


The items needed and requested by the teachers and Principal are as follows:

Pens, pencils, notebooks,crayons, erasers, chalk, white boards,  white board markers, construction paper, poster board, writing paper, flashcards, art kits, art supplies, book bags, desktop baskets to store manipulatives, balls, mats, athletic items, shoes & clothing (shoes sizes 4-9, white shirts, shorts, and underwear sizes 2,4,6,8), hand sanitizer, first aid items, kitchen towels, Canon ink cartridges #210 & #211

If you are a business and want promotions, a donation of just $50 will get your business card or logo posted on our website and networks, plus promoted on the radio station for 3 mos.

If interested in sending items or funds, send a request for further info. p.welsh26@gmail.com

In Metro Detroit, items can be picked up to be shipped.