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School gets books by local authors

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kelly Magnus (second right) of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, challenges students of the Villa Road Primary and Junior High School in Mandeville, Manchester during a First Global Bank sponsored 100 storybook donation exercise at the school during Literacy Day recently. Also pictured (from left) are: Trevor Heaven, school board chairman; authors Hope Barnett and Tanya Batson-Savage; Kerrene Grant, FGB’s business banking executive and Nadine Leachman, regional director in the Ministry of Education.
Ricardo Christie, business development officer at First Global Bank - Montego Bay, sits with students of Farm Primary and Junior High School in St James, as they watch a video that is key on raising literacy levels at the institution.

Excitement filled the air as students at the Villa Road Primary and Junior High School in Mandeville, Manchester, held a basket loaded with authentic Jamaican-authored story books during their recent Literacy Day celebrations.

The GraceKennedy-owned First Global Bank (FGB), in partnership with the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), donated 100 books to the school's library as part of the bank's newly launched Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) project. The initiative encourages students and teachers to read a book for at least half an hour weekly.

The project has been introduced in all 12 primary and junior high schools across St James, Manchester and St Andrew, in which the FGB-Ministry of Education Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education project is being administered.

The book donation is in addition to the multimillion-dollar provision of musical instruments to the 12 schools for their music programme.

Business banking executive, Kerrene Grant of FGB Mande-ville branch, said: "We are prepared to play our part working alongside the ministry and investing our resources in making it happen. We feel that we have a responsibility to support local authors and persons in the creative industries."

"We thank FGB and the ministry for this initiative; the BIAJ was grateful for events such as Literacy Day, which presents an opportunity to promote the value of reading and to showcase authentic Jamaican books," said Kelly Magnus, director of publications at the BIAJ.