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The children at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, St James now have another reason to play outside. ...

The children at SOS Children's Village in Barrett Town, St James now have another reason to play outside.
Just recently, they received a new playground donated by United States (US)-based Campus Crest Communities, Inc.

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    • Ted Rollins constructs playground for childrens homeThe children at SOS Childrens Village in Barrett Town, St James now have another reason to play outside.Just recently, they received a new playground donated by United States (US)-based Campus CrestCommunities, Inc. The company was co-founded by Ted W. Rollins, son of the late American businessman andentrepreneur John W. Rollins. John, together with Dr Harland Hastings, Johnny Cash and Professor HeinzSimonitsch, founded SOS Childrens Villages Jamaica in 1970.A leading owner and operator of student housing properties located across the US, Campus Crest shares ahistorical link with SOS Childrens Villages Jamaica. Ted Rollins, who serves as Campus Crests CEO, alwaysadmired his fathers philanthropic endeavors and passion for helping the underprivileged children of Jamaica.Having spent a great deal of his childhood on the island, he witnessed first-hand the positive impact SOSChildrens Villages had on the community. With the passing of his father, Rollins vowed to carry on his legacyby supporting the organization through volunteerism and charitable contributions.Recently, Rollins arrived in Jamaica to give back to the village that helped shape his future and that of so manyother youths. He was joined by his brother Michael, niece Catherine, 11 of his Campus Crest colleagues, andAndrew Johnson, from the nursery at Rose Hall Developments.Rollins worked side-by-side with SOS Villagers to construct a new3,200-square foot playground. A few hours, some teamwork and2,500 bags of rubber mulch later, the sound of clanging hammersand wrenches was replaced by childrens laughter as the playgroundwas complete.Corporate generosity is not new to Campus Crest. The company alsoprovides housing to Horatio Alger scholars who chose to attend universities where Campus Crest operatesstudent housing communities. The Horatio Alger Association, another worthwhile cause championed by Tedand The Rollins Family, is an organization devoted to honoring the achievements of outstanding individualswho have succeeded in spite of adversity.Several of SOS Village children have been recognized as Horatio Alger scholars, including Suny MaritimeEngineer Markham Laird and Biochemist Dr Steven Bahado-Singh.