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Corporate Hands - FGB bats for reading

Published:Thursday | February 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

First Global Bank (FGB) has launched its newest thrust - the Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) programme. DEAR encourages students to read a book for a minimum of 30 minutes weekly to improve their literacy development, and targets students of all ages and grades across all-age, primary and junior high schools, particularly in the 12 schools in which FGB, in alliance with the Ministry of Education, has been administering the programme in Kingston, Manchester and St James.

The DEAR project was officially launched at the recent Literacy Day celebrations held at the Villa Road Primary and Junior High School in Mandeville, where it is administered daily.

"We commend principal Franklyn Scott and his team for acknowledging the importance of literacy in the children's lives," said Kerrene Grant, business banking executive, FGB Mandeville branch.

Grant said FGB was imploring the other schools to emulate Villa Road Primary's model, if they were not yet having daily reading sessions in their schools.

Meanwhile, a 'book wall' was unveiled at Villa Road and the other schools in the programme. These book walls are the work of students involved in the DEAR project who have identified a number of book titles, which they will attempt to complete by year end. FGB will donate a special prize to the school whose students finish the most books from the list.

Literacy Day is one of four educational initiatives being jointly undertaken by First Global Bank and the ministry in the 12 schools. The others are Math Adventure Day and Music Day, and the Master Mind Quiz Competition.