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Role models promote reading  


Miriam Foster, Communications Manager Ministry of Education, Barbara Connolly Councillor Ministry of Education, Reading Ambassador Jenese and Lise Hurlstone Commissions Secretary.

By Lindsey Turnbull

Following on from their dress up day last Friday, George Town Primary School continued on in their literacy month celebrations for September by inviting prominent leaders within the community to come and read to students last Friday.

The initiative, organised by the school’s lead literacy teacher, Trista Welcome, vice president Danielle Duran and year one assistant teacher, Tameka Bodden, saw Minister of Education Councilor Barbara Connolly, Commission Secretariat members Lise Hurlstone and Sheila Watler and the Department of Tourism’s Tunisia Barnes come to the school and read some fun stories to the young students. Years one, two and three students all enjoyed hearing stories read by the guests to the school. Year six students were also invited to read to their younger school mates.

“Our reading role models day was the brain child of our year one assistant teacher, Tameka Bodden,” Ms Welcome advised. “We thought it would be a great idea to get some role models into the school and make reading fun for our students. We also thought it a good idea to have some of the older students read to the younger children. We wanted them to show the children that reading is cool!”

Councillor Connolly, who said she was an avid reader herself, said that reading was a gateway to learning for youngsters, and that was why she was so keen to be involved in the project.

“Reading really is the basis for learning,” she said. “It allows children’s imaginations to be sparked; it helps to broaden their minds, to learn about other countries and cultures. I always read to my own children and now to my grandchildren and I particularly encourage parents to spend time every day reading with their children.”

Ms Connolly felt that the opportunity she had in interacting with the young students gave her the chance to show how much fun reading could be and she hoped to inspire the students to have a love for reading.

George Town Primary School year six students played host to the guests as reading role models. Year six student Jenese was one such student who was tasked with showing the guests to their respective classrooms. She said that she had a particular love for reading and that it was an activity she liked to do at home most days. Her particular favourites were the Dork Diaries series, Junie B. Jones and Pippi Longstocking, she said.



About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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