Students of Welches Primary School are advocates for reading and yesterday, they took to the streets to spread the message.
Bearing placards with statements such as Reading is fun; Pick up a book today; Teach me how to read”, some 170 children trekked through neighbouring St Thomas communities such as Redman’s Village, Cedar Lane, Kew Land and Bagatelle promoting the value of reading.
The march was an initiative to launch the school’s annual Reading Week activities. The theme this year is Read, Feed The Brain.
Information technology coordinator at the primary school, Tara Durant said while reading was emphasised throughout the school year, Reading Week was established to excite students’ interest and promote this fundamental foundation for academic and personal success.
Durant said: “More and more children are not so enthusiastic [about reading] so this is to encourage them to read. Children today are not so enthusiastic about it anymore.
“They are excited about their tablets, they are excited about using their computers but not to go and read a book and I think even if they go and read stuff on their Kindle we have done our job and inspired them to read more.”
Stressing the significance of the parent-teacher relationship to sustain the school’s efforts, Durant implored parents and family members to participate in the week-long activities.
Today, officials of the Ministry of Education’s Media Resource Centre visited the school to engage students in a series of activities. At Wednesday’s open day, parents were encouraged to visit and read story books to students, and
the week climaxes on Friday with a costume day.