Fifteen enthusiastic Year 2 students at George Town Primary School spend a dedicated half-hour every week reading as many books as they can under the tutelage of Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise and non-Rotarian volunteers.
Organised by GTPS Literacy Coordinator Natasha Wight, the reading programme, which continues throughout the school year, has 21 volunteers.
Rotary Sunrise’s programme coordinator, Pauline McGettigan, a former teacher at the school, started the programme last academic year when the club’s volunteers worked with Year 5 students.
“We get as much from it as they do. We have already learned that patience, consistency and a fun-approach to teaching young children really works for all,” one volunteer said.
In addition, for Christmas, the students received gifts of books donated by Rotary Sunrise. Meanwhile, the students surprised the visitors with candy canes.
Rotary Sunrise President Michael Levitt said: “We are very happy to once again be associated with the reading programme at GTPS this year.
Dealing with young children can be a very enriching experience, and so the programme holds a special place among all our efforts in the community.”
Principal Marie Martin said: “We are grateful for the time generously donated by these volunteers to add to our efforts towards making reading fun for our students.
We know people lead busy lives and so we truly appreciate the volunteers giving up their lunchtime to help the students.”