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Portland school gets reading boost from JN

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Gabriel Heron (centre), marketing and business development manager at JN Money Services Limited, and Saffrey Brown, general manager, JNBS Foundation, handing over a mobile enrichment cart to principal of St Margaret's Bay All-Age, Gregory Davis. - Photo by Gareth Davis

Gareth Davis Sr., Gleaner Writer

ST MARGARET'S BAY, Portland:GREGORY DAVIS, principal of St Margaret's Bay All-Age School, was a happy man on Tuesday after receiving a mobile enrichment cart from the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation to assist with the enhancement of literacy and numeracy among students.

Davis, in commending the gesture, promised to utilise the enrichment cart to its fullest, asserting that the gift will go a far way in assisting students and improving their reading ability.

"It couldn't have come at a better time. JN should be applauded for giving us a cart that will enrich our literacy level at this school, he said. "We have been in need of this kind of help, and it is good that they (JN) are partnering with us so as to raise the standard of literacy here."

The Portland school, which encountered many challenges in the past due to a lack of resources, also benefited from a reading exercise undertaken by the JNBS Foundation team, including General Manager Saffrey Brown.

youngsters participating

Brown said that grades one to four benefited from the reading exercise, and that it was good to see the youngsters participating by asking questions.

"Literacy is extremely important. The ability to read opens up the world to you and, likewise, your inability to read holds you captive," she explained. "It allows you to communicate effectively, and it empowers young people. Just about everything you do today requires reading, including the use of Internet so as to navigate efficiently."

The initiative was developed through the Digicel Foundation, which is aimed at developing and promoting literacy and numeracy among primary school students. The JNBS Foundation, through the Jamaica Partnership for Education, has decided to donate mobile enrichment carts to primary schools across Jamaica. St Margaret's Bay All-Age is the sixth school to have benefited from the initiative, courtesy of JN Money Transfer, which raised funds from their clientele overseas.

The student population of 110 all sported smiles, as members of the JNBS Foundation team read stories to them, including The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor, and Percy and the Pirates.

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