A cruise line that brings more than 40,000 visitors to the territory annually is giving back after Hurricane Irma, just in time for the first day of school.

MSC Cruises (USA) Inc. donated a 4,000-square-foot semi-permanent structure to the primary division of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda, which will allow younger children to have a separate learning area from the older students now using their former classrooms.

During the hurricane, the school’s secondary division suffered severe damage and was rendered unusable, prompting the Ministry of Education and Culture to move secondary students into the largely intact primary division, according to a previous statement from the ministry.

Monday, which marked the beginning of the school year across the territory, MSC Chief Executive Officer and President Richard Sasso officially dedicated the newly installed structure.

Premier Dr. Orlando Smith and Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn were on hand, along with Principal Kimberly George, teachers and students.

The premier said the donation was a reminder that everyone, including the public and private sectors, must work together to help the territory rebuild after the hurricane. 

“The donation is also made possible with the help of the Miami-based manufacturer EventsStar, who provided the technical expertise to customise the structure, and we say thanks,” Dr. Smith said.

Mr. Walwyn described the donation as “an act of kindness that goes beyond business but rather speaks to humanity.”

“This territory has to work together and fix the issues as they arise,” he said. “A lot is going to be required of all of us and the worst thing we can do in the midst of adversity is turn against one another.”