Rotary encourages literacy

Rotary Sunrise members, together with Foster’s Food Fair, have been working with youngsters at the Leading Edge School to improve their reading ability.

It’s all part of a Rotary effort to promote literacy. The scheme is one to one and working very well but nowadays there are sophisticated teaching methods, which were explained and discussed by Susie Bayles, an Educational Psychologist.

Members and helpers are enthusiastic but not, until now, trained in paired reading, which is a new approach by which adults can help children learn to read. The technique is simple to learn and very effective.

Rotary Sunrise is active in promoting literacy. Members believe we should encourage reading from birth and are also involved in the Bright Start programme, which has given every baby born in Cayman a book and a cuddly toy. The parents of over 600 babies born in Cayman during the last year have received the book and been encouraged to read right from the start.

Rotary Sunrise is the newest Rotary club in Grand Cayman with 83 members from Cayman and 18 other countries. They are mostly young professionals and meet at Harvey’s Island Grill on Wednesday mornings for breakfast.

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