Published: Jul 03, 2013
Recognizing a need to promote and encourage literacy in the schools, the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise, set an aggressive literacy agenda for itself which included a literacy book drive at local bookstores, reading time at Willard Patton Preschool and two mini reading fairs at the Ranfurly Home for Children and the Willimae Pratt Centre for Girls.
Reading time afforded Rotarians the opportunity to read to and mentor the preschool students. Every Friday at 12 noon, members of the club took time out to bring classic stories like the Gingerbread Man and Red Riding Hood to life to the delight of the students.
“It [was] truly a pleasure to spend a Friday afternoon with the students. It [was] the best part of my day and I looked forward to it every Friday,” said Rotarian Jeff Wright.
In addition to reading time the club also organized a successful book drive at various book stores on New Providence, and received a donation of used books from Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel. The books were donated to the reading time program as well as to libraries and schools in Eleuthera and Nassau.
Following the success of reading time and the book drive, the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise Rotarians culminated their literacy program by hosting two mini reading fairs, at the Ranfurly Home for Children and at the Willimae Pratt Centre for Girls. Both fairs provided an intimate setting during which Rotarians shared their life stories with the students and engaged them in activities featuring arts and crafts lessons on different aspects of the Bahamian culture like Junkanoo and tye-dying. At the end of the day each student was allowed to choose a book.
“Overall I think the reading program this year exceeded our expectations,” said Mario Smith, club president. “We wanted a program that could have a greater impact on the lives of the children involved, and I think we achieved this.”
“I continue to be amazed at the potential that these students possess. Every time we visit a school or children’s home we get so much more in return. All it takes is for us as a community to take a little time out of our busy schedules to share a little of ourselves with these students and to mentor them,” said the president.