New library for Cayman Academy

Cayman Academy now has a new
library thanks to Rotary Central.

The opening event for the new
library was held at the school was attended by international Rotary dignitary,
Rotary District 7020 Governor, Ms Diana White and other Rotarians.

“Rotarians are conscious that
children who fail to master the basic reading skills at an early age will fall
further behind as they progress through school and that there has to be an
extended range of reading and reference material to enable them to shine,” said
Mr. Wil Pineau, president of Rotary Central.

He explained that early in 2009 a
school inspection reported that the achievement level of children at the Cayman
Academy was below the level of expectation especially in reading, math and
language. The school principal recognised the points made by the inspectors and
pointed to the absence of a functional library as one of the reasons.

Members of Rotary Central acted
quickly to address this as a community issue by working the Rotary Club of
North Cobb, Georgia, and making an application for a matching grant funding
through the Rotary Foundation in July 2009 for the building up of a book
collection.

“The American Library Association and
the UK Library Association both recommend around 15 volumes per pupil in a
school library as well as atlases and encyclopaedias so we set out to achieve
this level,” explained Mr. Pineau.

Rotarians and the school staff,
along with the book supplier in the USA – Follett Library Resources of McHenry,
Illinois, identified an extensive list of titles covering diverse categories.

As a result Cayman Academy was able
to access books worth over US$27,453.

“The journey of a thousand miles
begins with the first step and Rotary Central has helped us with our first
step. We hope that in the years to come we will have many more books for our
library and we really appreciate what Rotary Central has done for us,” said Ms
Nelda Dracket, principal of Cayman Academy.

Mr. Pineau thanked several
Rotarians for their assistance in getting the project completed including
Rotary Central Director Mr. Todd Davey, the International Service team led by
Directors Susie Bayles and Graham Wood and Director Irene Simon in North Cobb.

Of significance Mr. Pineau
recognised the leading efforts of the late Fred Spiers, a past president of
Rotary Central, who last year was instrumental in securing the matching grant
to make the new library a reality and in wishing Cayman Academy much success with
the library, he also asked the school to consider naming the library the Fred
Speirs Library.

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