Literary program takes novel turn

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise literary program took a novel turn earlier this year. 

A total of $1,818.83 was collected to aid the club’s “Buy-a-Kid-a-Book” program, which will be used to purchase books for Reading Partner programs at George Town, Red Bay and Sir John A. Cumber primary schools, as well as John Gray High School. 

More than 250 government school students have directly benefited from the Rotary Sunrise Reading Partner programs since its inception in 2008. 

The aim is to improve reading levels of participating students. Additionally, each participant receives a book as a personal gift for successfully completing the program each semester. Books purchased include fiction and nonfiction. 

”Rotarians and non-Rotarians volunteer to read with students in these schools once a week for 30 minutes to help improve reading skills,” explained past Literacy Committee Director Pauline McGettigan.  

Speaking about the collection efforts this year, she said the public’s response was tremendous and the club was grateful to everyone who donated. “In turn, we are very pleased to be able to donate books to these schools and continue to play a part in helping to improve literacy skills among our children,” she said.  

Starting as a pilot program at John Gray High School, Reading Partner’s success has now translated into similar programs at the primary schools.  

Following the program, teachers at George Town Primary noted improvements in both literacy and comprehension skills among the students who participated.  

This in turn encourages the club’s literacy committee to expand the program to the other government schools, according to Rotary Sunrise. 

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Barbara Anley collects donations at Foster’s Food Fair at the Strand for the club’s “Buy-a-Kid-a-Book” program.