For business owner Noel Spencer and many other Jamaicans living in the diaspora, thoughts of their island home — and their high school — are life-long undertakings.
Spencer has appealed to both these concerns by generously paying for the building of the Noel Spencer Family Interscholastic Fitness Center, due to open late next month on the Melbourne Campus of Kingston College.
An alumnus of Kingston College, a 93-year-old scholastic institution, Spencer foot the $55,000 bill required to build the fitness center, art classrooms and studios that make up the complex.
“We who gained so much from Kingston College have to give back to the institution so that it can better serve the needs of students and the wider community,” said Spencer, founder of the Spencers of Jamaica diversified financial service and a past president of the Kingston College Old Boys Association in New York.
In addition to the complex bearing his family’s name, Spencer said the art center at the site will be named for his uncle, Kenneth Abendana Spencer, a distinguished Jamaican artist who died in 2005.
The fitness center will complement a new state-of-the-art running track, finished last September. Spencer also contributed $10,000 to the completion of the track.
The new fitness center will serve more students than the current facility and the new track eliminates the need to use an off-campus facility.