Maples and Calder promotes literacy

The Red Bay Primary School will receive a Levelled Literacy Intervention kit, as a result a donation by corporate sponsor Maples and Calder. The law firm recently presented the school with $2,500.

The literacy kit consists of a series of planned lessons designed to provide supplementary instruction for Year 1, 2, and 3 students who have difficulties learning to read and write.

Literacy coach Brad Wilson reached out to Maples and Calder via Alasdair Robertson, a partner at the firm and his wife, Lisa, to express a need for the kit at the school. He said it was particularly important for Year 2 and 3 students, whose literacy skills tested below average at the start of the school year.

Several primary schools in Grand Cayman have already implemented the programme. Some key findings from a pilot programme showed that among Year 2 students in the programme, only 8 per cent were reading at grade level upon entering LLI, yet 32 per cent were at or above grade level upon completing the kit.

“As lawyers it will come as no surprise that we have an appreciation of the importance of literacy and a love of reading,” said Alasdair Robertson, global head of the firm’s Finance practice. “As such, we are delighted to donate the funds for this kit to ensure that a future generation of our community will have improved literacy and thus better access to opportunities in life.”

Maples and Calder actively supports a broad range of organisations and programmes which benefit members of our community, including the youth and the elderly.