Eagle Hall Primary School has started to feel the positive impact of its annual Reading Week.
Principal Orlando Jones said the emphasis on reading is not only enhancing pupils’ ability to cope in the classroom but is also improving their social skills. According to him, many of the students are better able to discuss issues and settle their differences amicably.
Jones made the comments following the recent presentation of books and supplies to the school by officials of the Operational Risk Department of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
The principal said the materials were selected based on the book lists for several classes.
Jones explained that the school’s catchment area was not generally made up of well-off families and the books would go directly to students who needed them most, so they could begin the school year in September well equipped.
Director of Operational Risk Khadija Bourne acknowledged that back-to-school shopping was generally an expensive venture for parents and guardians and the bank recognized the need to help, particularly to those less fortunate.
She pointed out that the project, which falls under the bank’s Adopt-a-Cause programme, was also aimed at promoting the importance of reading to the students’ overall development. Bourne added that the presentation was therefore not a one-off activity, and that members of the bank’s Operational Risk team would volunteer their time for the school’s Reading Week and also give motivational talks.
Reading Week is an annual event at Eagle Hall Primary.