Pajama party inspires young readers

The pajama party gave kids a fun way to dive into reading.

A fun twist on story time recently helped kick off the new school year on the Brac.

The Cayman Brac Lions Club hosted a back-to-school pajama reading party at the public library on Cayman Brac on Sept. 9. The service project was aimed at promoting the importance of literacy among young people and providing an opportunity for academic development.

“It was a welcome sight to see children from the primary schools, as well as high school, coming out dressed in their PJs ready to enjoy the stories being read to them,” said Lion Kevin Roberts.

“We had more than 90 children in attendance, accompanied by parents and guardians. The readers, Lions Lois Thompson, Martin Keeley and Monica Hurlston, shared stories that held the kids in rapt attention.”

Lions Clubs International has more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a commitment to community service and serving youth.

The Cayman Brac Lions Club, which has 26 members and meets twice a month at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort, focuses on finding ways to address various needs within the community.

“Each year our numbers grow, and the youth committee has already started to think of ways to make the event better for our young people,” said Mr. Roberts.

Youth Committee Chair Lion Yvette Gayle said, “The future of the islands and by extension, the world, is in their hands and we ought to do everything we can to provide opportunities for their development.”

Club President Dionne Smith said the club organizes a variety of youth related projects “which meet needs in our community, including the Public Speaking Competition and the Little Miss and Master contest.” She thanked the parents and all those who contributed and supported this important work.

“You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community,” she said.

The Shoppe pledged to continue its annual support of the reading program, this year sponsoring packages of school supplies for every participant.

For more information or to get involved with the Cayman Brac Lions Club, email [email protected] or visit or like their Facebook page,