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Brandon Hill Primary gets 'Kidspiration'

Published:Monday | March 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Head boy Michael Glenville (left), head girl Collesha Bartley (second left), and principal Clarence Powell of the Brandon Hill Primary and Junior High School in St Andrew, skim through a book with Dr Carol Archer, Gleaner director and dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology, who was the guest speaker at the official opening of the school's resource centre last week. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

New reading resource centre offers unlimited knowledge, Internet access to students

Clarence Powell, principal of the Brandon Hill Primary and Junior High School, is expecting to see students' reading level improve with the opening last week of the institution's resource centre in west rural St Andrew.

"The students are very en-thusiastic about the interactive reading software that is installed on the computers. It's a special software called 'Kidspiration' that was also donated to the school," Powell said.

The resource centre has been equipped with eight flatscreen computers with Internet access, a wide variety of books, ranging from reference to mathematics, along with cushioned seats and an air-conditioning unit.

For the students' benefit

The centre is the brainchild of Christina Richards, project manager for the University of the West Indies Student Law Society and final-year student at the Norman Manley Law School. Richards was beaming with pride as she highlighted the basics of the centre.

"The centre will expose students to a very useful reading software and reading materials," she said. "It took us more than six years to get to this point, and it was a rocky road, filled with trials and tribulations; but in the end, we did it!"

Guest speaker for the evening and
board director, Dr Carol Archer, encouraged the school's students to take care of the books.

"Children, I want you take care of the books that some very generous persons have given unto you, just as if they were your favourite games," Archer said.

Dream come through

She also lauded Christina Richards for seeing her dream through.

"I applaud you because you overcame all your challenges, along with all the demands of being a law student, and came out victorious."

As the school is still in need of items to aid in helping the students become more functionally literate, Archer donated a number of books to the resource centre, including a set of
The Gleaner
-published Grade Six Achievement Test study guides.

In giving the vote of thanks, head girl Collesha Bartley said: "We, as the students, are very happy about using the computers at the centre because it will help us improve our literacy and per-formance in national exams. We would like to thank all the stakeholders for making this possible for us as we seek additional sponsorship to further improve learning at our school."