US Guyanese 'principal for a day' By Vishnu Bisram
Stabroek News
April 13, 2004

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A Guyanese was selected as "Principal for a Day" at a school in Richmond Hill. The programme was initiated several years ago to introduce students to the world of business and work and establish a partnership between public schools and the corporate world.

Someone from the corporate world is selected to act as the school's principal for one day.

Ashook Ramsaran of Fresh Meadows, New York, was selected on March 31 for the second year in a row as the Principal for a Day at PS 90 Horace Mann School in Richmond Hill.

Ramsaran was born at Whim Village, Corentyne Coast and attended Polytechnic University in New York. He is the founder andCEO of Ramex, an electronics manufacturing company. He is also Secretary-General of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), and co-founder of the Guyanese East Indian Civic Organization.

Last year, Ramsaran was not only the Principal for a Day at PS90 but the guest speaker at the school's graduation ceremony when he donated and awarded several US Savings Bonds to the top students in selected categories.

He also contributed new sets of volumes to the school library. The books were donated at a time when the mayor had cut the budget of public schools. The book donation was greatly appreciated by the school's principal.

PS90 is located at 86-50 109th Street in Richmond Hill in the heart of the Indo- Guyanese community, and caters to grades K1 through K5 and has 984 students on roll.