The students of the Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School were reminded of the importance of reading during a book drive hosted by the Rotaract Club of Barbados.
The organization donated 925 books to the school’s defunct library in honour of Literacy Month. Acting Principal Debbie Bovell challenged the 574 students on the roll to read 25 books per term to increase the school’s literacy. Speaking to Barbados TODAY Bovell noted that interest in reading was waning with the advent of technology but she wanted students to remember that literacy was imperative in all aspects of life.
“We want to ensure that our students are reading lots of books. Studies show that children who read lots of books are able to attain higher levels of academic success and social success because books are really the collective wisdom of people who have lived in the past and the present,” said the principal.
“Students are less interested in reading books; the decline has been ongoing for quite some time and I am hoping with this donation we can regenerate [an] interest [in] books. We want students to recognize the value of taking up a physical book and reading it,” she added. Bovell revealed that the school’s goal this academic year was to ensure that students can read at their age level and beyond.
President of the Rotaract Club of Barbados Mario Boyce indicated that the theme for Literacy Month, Once Upon a Time, sought to actively encourage students to read more. Boyce expressed concern about the literacy of the island’s youth and how they function when entering corporate Barbados.
“We have sat back on our laurels… We now have to encourage our youth to read,” Boyce said, further stressing “literacy is a part of our everyday life. You need it to order food, conduct banking transactions, have a job… It is in every facet of our lives and we need to be literate”. (KK)