Twice a month from 10am to 1pm members of the Kiwanis Club meets on Saturdays with 30 to 40 children under the cabana at the entrance to the George Town Primary School to lend books from their mobile library, referred to as a “BookMobile”.
Kiwanis members converted a two-axle trailer into a BookMobile, where children from ages 4 and up can borrow books.
The main objective of the programme is to encourage children to read in a fun and relaxed environment. In addition to the books, children also have access to some great word games. Grand parents and guardians are welcome to join in and encourage their children to read.
Kiwanis also welcomes service groups from various companies whose staff turn out to assist in mentoring a child through the reading process.
The Kiwanis Club receives support from Ms Marie Martin, principal of the George Town Primary School, who turns out every morning of the programme to ensure that the facility is kept clear for the Kiwanis BookMobile and to provide encouragement to the children who visit the BookMobile, according to representatives of Kiwanis.
Ms Martin offered a few words about the programme: “This past school year our students have been enriched by the service provided by the Kiwanis Club’s BookMobile. The children are truly enthusiastic and look forward to ‘Reading Saturdays’ when the BookMobile is at the school. It has definitely impacted and enhanced their reading skills. We have seen increased interest and attitude, and even improved test results in some instances.”
In addition to the reading exercise, relationships are fostered with the volunteers, who spend quality time with the participants. For some children this is the most attention they will have received and because many volunteers are males, they provide a father figure presence, which in many times is missing in a child’s life. Our parents/guardians recognize the importance of this programme and ensure that the children are there each Kiwanis Saturday morning.
For more information on this Kiwanis programme, contact Paul De Freitas at 916-6331.