Families snuggle up and read at Cayman Academy

Jayanna Rankine and Renee Shillingford cuddle up to read the book 'Boundless Grace.'
Alejahdro Kerr and mum Merranda enjoy the book 'Bug In A Rug.'
Alejahdro Kerr and mum Merranda enjoy the book ‘Bug In A Rug.’

Families enjoyed bedtime stories, drama and literacy fun at the “Snuggle Up and Read” event, held last week at Cayman Academy School Hall.

From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, children and parents visited various classrooms to color, read and snuggle, while sampling free hot chocolate and cookies. Along with taking in some presentations they also got to participate in a pajama contest and a free raffle.

The event was staged by the Department of Children and Family Services, along with Cayman Academy and Literacy Is For Everyone, known as LIFE, as a way to promote literacy as a family affair. The Cayman Public Library also took part in the event.

“We wanted to encourage parents to read with their children, which would factor in that love for reading, because there is only so much that can be done at school,” said Marilyn Conolly, executive director at LIFE.

LIFE provides supplementary literacy programs and initiatives for children and adults, thereby helping to raise the quality of education in the public school system, Ms. Conolly said.

At the event, parents were given handouts on reading tips for their children.

'Snuggle Up and Read' was fun for the children.
‘Snuggle Up and Read’ was fun for the children.

Cassandra Parchment, child month coordinator at Children and Family Services, said it was a fun night for families and the aim was to make the public aware of literacy for children in the Cayman Islands.

Ms. Parchment said there were many consequences of illiteracy, which range from people not being able to fill out forms properly, to broader social problems like domestic violence and juvenile delinquency, as well as the potential for illiteracy continuing through generations.