Literacy Day at Villa Road exceeds expectations
The recent staging of Literacy Day at the Villa Road Primary and Junior High School in Mandeville, Manchester, exceeded expectations as more than 1,500 students, teachers, parents and guests turned out in full support of the celebrations.
Executives from First Global Bank (FGB), sponsor and pioneers of Literacy Day in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE), expressed their satisfaction on the success of the event, but primarily the pace at which students' reading ability has improved.
"We are very proud of how the programme has evolved," said Kerrene Grant, business banking executive at FGB Mandeville Branch.
It was a day that belonged to the students and, equally, the scores of parents who turned up to participate in the event.
Two parents are expressly pleased with the ongoing improvements evident in their children's literacy and numeracy skills since FGB/MOE introduced the Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme in the school in October 2012.
Leslie-Ann Britton's four children attend Villa Road Primary and Junior High. "The literacy programme is excellent. My children's reading ability has improved tremendously. Thanks ever so much to First Global Bank for introducing the programme in the school," Britton said.
Rose-Marie Allen has attested that her daughter, Shania Gray, has improved in her reading level significantly. "She can now read and is able to do her homework on her own," Allen said.
Added Grant: "At the end of each school year, we hear the stories about children who have blossomed in the presence of music education; and we hear from parents who tell us how their children's reading skills have improved. This is the reason we continue to support the programme. It is working and we are making a difference."
BROUGHT OUT CREATIVE SKILLS
Music teacher Novlette Neil and her colleague, Paulette Sutherland, said parents have attested that the programmme has helped their children. "It is evident in their reading levels and we have seen the improvements. It has brought out the creative skills in the students. Thanks to First Global Bank for pioneering this initiative," Neil said.
"I think this programme has really impacted positively on the children. This was evident in the results of the grade three IDR test, which recorded great improvement in the grade level," Sutherland added.
Literacy Day saw sections of the school decorated with yellow and blue curtains, the schoolyard transformed into an open-air auditorium and boys and girls lined the lower and upper level corridors to watch the proceedings from their vantage points.
It was a day mixed with speeches, performances, music deliverables and an energetic performance from singer Alaine - the ambassador for the FGB/MOE Music, Perfect Pitch for a Sound Education programme, that made Literacy Day 2015 an event that will be embedded in the annals of history.