Swimmers donate books to primary students

From left, Su Mander, Rotary Sunrise literacy director, Jovanna Wright, principal of Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, Marlene West, president of Stingray Swim Club, Shanda Hunter, school librarian, and Pat Steward, president of Rotary Sunrise, with the Library Club students. - Photo: Submitted

Members of the Stingray Swim Club Grand Cayman, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, last week donated 130 children’s books to the library at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay.

According to a press release, Stingray president Marlene West presented the books on behalf of the club, saying, “At SSC, we aim not only to develop athletes in their swimming careers but also provide guidance in making them good members of society. We also believe in paying it forward and we were appreciative of Rotary Sunrise’s donation to the club which helped to provide necessary training equipment for the swimmers, so It was only fitting that we could assist in this initiative.”

Librarian Shanda Hunter, who arranged for students from the Library Club to give a short presentation of thanks to the Stingray Swim Club and Rotary Sunrise representatives, said, “This support allows our school’s library to remain updated with a wide range of interesting books for students to grow their literacy skills and love for learning.”

Jaymar Morris, a Year 1 student, said in the release, “I like the library because it helps me learn new words better.”

Rotary Sunrise literacy director Su Mander added, “An important part of our community service is to help keep the school and classroom libraries in the government schools well-stocked with new books for students to read, and we are very grateful to the Stingray Swim Club for reaching out to us with their generous donation. We encourage any groups who are interested in making similar book donations to contact us.”

Rotary Sunrise will also be running its annual Buy-A-Kid-A-Book fundraiser next month. Collection points will be set up on Saturdays in February outside Foster’s Camana Bay and AL Thompson’s to raise donations to purchase books for government school classroom libraries in partnership with Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE), Cayman’s literacy charity.

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