Lions Club of Tropical Gardens started a new phase of its Reading Is Cool Programme last month by targeting students from the middle school.
Eight students met with the Lions at Dart Park and began an adventure in reading and were treated to a healthy breakfast of fruits, sandwiches and juice.
Health Services Authority nutritionist Simone Sheehan spoke to the students about healthy eating and staying fit for life. At the end of her presentation, she gave each student colourful handouts which highlighted the areas she had discussed.
The reading sessions followed, with each child being paired with a Lion for an opportunity to read, ask questions and comment about the books.
Lions Dorothy Davis, assisted by Lion Beth Taylor, introduced the craft for the day, making Valentine vases, with the end results carefully packed to take home for their parents.
The students continued to enjoy a morning of fun and learning when they were asked to compete in word-game activities such as Hangman and Scrabble. At the end of the game, each student was presented with a T-shirt which stated: Reading is still cool, 2008.
The project ended on a high note with the students visiting the George Town Library where they were given a guided tour and shown how to use the library’s online cataloguing system. The students were then given the books they had read at the park and educational supplies.
The day was a big hit with the students – the smiles on their faces was the reward for the Lions.
‘The students were full of news and really excited about being given the opportunity (to participate),’ said Middle School teacher, Mrs. Gumbs.
‘This is a learning opportunity that can go even farther in building positive attitudes toward reading. We really value this partnership with the Lion’s Club.’