The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens feted over 80 of its Reading Is Cool kids at Mary Miller Hall in December.
Students were bussed from all districts and were treated to a fun-filled afternoon beginning with a recap of the year’s activities by Lion Jondo Obi, chairperson of the Early Childhood Committee.
The students showed their appreciation by giving the Lions’ roar. This was followed by a medley of carols with the students choosing their favourite carols.
Continuing to promote eating healthy, the students were then treated to a sumptuous Christmas brunch.
The students were then divided into four groups according to their ages with Lions coordinating the activities. Ms Alice-Mae Coe, community liaison officer at Walkers; Ms Beth Taylor, store manager of Kirks Office and Equipment; and Lion Secretary Norma McField were some of the readers who read Christmas stories to the different groups after which the students had to answer questions to win the book that was read. There were some active competitors within the group and those who emerged as winners expressed their satisfaction with their prizes. Then, it was time to party and this they did with all the gusto and innocence that kids are blessed with. To the beat of calypso, the students played musical chairs, musical statues, pass the parcel, and Simon Says. The older students also vied for a prize in the Cayman Fun Quiz with one student emerging as winner by answering a question on the early settlers in the Cayman Islands.
Santa’s arrival was the highlight of the afternoon and the students were treated to backpacks, school supplies, books and a T-shirt that stated Reading is Still Cool, 2008. Each student also received a personalized Christmas card with his/her photo attached. The joy for the Lions was seeing the smiling faces of each student as they received their gifts from Santa and his helpers.
The LCTG is excited that its Reading is Cool project has impacted so many young people in the Cayman Islands and anxiously awaits 2008 with plans for more workshops and expansion of this project into the middle schools.