Benjamin Ortega, President of the Chamber and former MPC student, hands over cheque to current MPC student and representatives of SVOBE and Baker Tilly.

PHILIPSBURG-- President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) Benjamin Ortega has announced that COCI will be adopting the seventh Milton Peters College (MPC) classroom to be air-conditioned and powered by solar panels.

The Chamber of Commerce classroom will most probably be furnished with multiple corporate curricula vitae, as Ortega, Vice-president Bertaux (Mr. Rude) Fleming and Anastacio Baker, outgoing Executive Director of the Chamber, are all proud former MPC students, COCI announced in a press release on Sunday.

Ortega did not hesitate to reach out after seeing the latest Facebook video edited by MPC teacher Femke Neunzig. “This is a great initiative. I would like to collaborate and send a request to the business community to participate in this project Keep a Cool Head,” Ortega said.

Ortega’s request might be the final sprint of the Keep a Cool Head project that kicked off in the Port of St. Maarten in September. “The first [air-conditioning units – Ed.] ACs sponsored by Mr. Cool, were installed this week and the impact on the students is amazing to see,” said Neunzig. The classrooms will be adopted in order of sponsor appearance. The first three will be named “Port of St. Maarten classroom”, “Divico classroom” and “La Vista classroom”.

Parties interested in supplying either air-conditioning, solar panels or both are asked to follow the newspapers as the public tender to participate will be launched in the week of December 2, the release said. The project needs 38 inverter AC units (18,000BTU and 23 Seer) and 204 solar panels in total. Full technical specifications and requirements can be made available on request.

In the meantime, students and teachers are working hard on other crowdfunding initiatives, of which the flagship will surely be the “Stop School Fights – Keep a Cool Head School Party” to be organized in the Festival Village on December 14. Entrance fee will be US $15 and the larger St. Maarten bands are expected to be performing, including former MPC students Michael Maidwell and Jacob Streefkerk of Orange Grove.

For more information contact Baker Tilly at

[email protected] or Neunzig at

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