Brac Rotarians read to youth

A local community group recently
made steps to help grow literacy on Cayman Brac.

The Rotary Club of Cayman Brac
celebrated International Literacy Day with a reading hour at the West End
Primary School and conducted a needs assessment at the Kirkconnell Care Centre,
a nursing home.

“We acknowledge the fact that
reading is a great pleasure no matter the age,” said club president Andrea
Stevens. “With our reading hour for interested children, we had about 20
children in attendance.” Several stories were read and club members promised to
return.

“Afterwards, club members assisted
at the Kirkconnell Care Centre with help from nurse Francis Cline. Members
spoke with residents about their reading interests. Eddylee Martin (a former
member who chartered the Club) and Arlen Tatum provided some great country
music for the residents,” said Ms Stevens.

She added that a weekly reading
program will be set up in which club members will read to residents, based on
their interests.

 Stevens said the Rotary Club intends to
continue its reading initiatives as well as other community projects throughout
the year.

“We’re looking to dedicate an hour
each week to primary kids and the nursing home. The kids get so much enjoyment
from having adults read to them, and it also helps grow their reading skills.
With the nursing home, they enjoy the reading too, but they have a number of
needs like furniture and bed linen that we can help fill.

“As a club we’re all about catering
to the needs of the community. Our next project will be a beach clean-up on 25
September on the southeast coast of the island in honour of World Tourism Day
(27 September). We’ve invited other service clubs plus the Red Cross and
National Trust.”

News of the Literacy Day activities
comes after the club hosted a fishing tournament in June. Titled the Brac
Barracuda Bonanza, 147 registered for the competition and some 29 boats
competed. A number of youngsters took home prizes from US$1,000 cash to gift
certificates and cell phones.

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