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Rotary club donates to early-childhood development

Published:Saturday | July 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Senior librarian Kereen Burton (left) receives early-childhood material from Earl Christian, president of the Rotary Club of Port Antonio.-Photo by Gareth Davis, Sr

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Port Antonio, Portland:The Portland Parish Library has benefited from a variety of resource material for children at the kindergarten level, to assist with its ongoing summer-school programme, which was donated by the Rotary Club of Port Antonio.

President of the Rotary club Port Antonio chapter, Earl Christian, explained that the resource material is necessary to assist with the growth and development of beginners at the early-childhood level, which will allow them to form words and identify letters in their early stage of learning.

"We received some resources for early-childhood institutions and we thought it necessary to extend the gifts to the library, as they also cater for that age group," said Christian.

He added, "We are proud to be handing over these resources, and this is just another aspect of our ongoing donations, as 20 basic schools in Portland received similar gifts from us in April. Given where we are with literacy and numeracy, we have to start at the very foundation. The recipients are very grateful and, for that, we are happy that we are able to assist in that department."

Among the gifts donated were games, word games, puzzles, toys, reading books, and colouring books.

More than 30 children, along with their parents, gathered during the handing-over ceremony held at the parish library on Monday, during the library's ongoing summer-school programme, which caters for children of all ages.

Senior librarian, Kereen Burton, was happy with the donation and pointed out that the early-childhood material will go a long way in enhancing the activities and programmes at the library, including the library's 'Little but wi Tallawah' programme, which allows parents to read to children.

"The 'Little but wi Tallawah' programme was designed to encourage parents to foster this kind of bonding and nurturing relationship with their children from a early age," she said. "Our target audience is pregnant mothers along with those who have babies three to five years. They are encouraged to come to the library, where we provide them with the appropriate material for them to interact. Once again, we are grateful for this timely and needed donation."

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