PORT ANTONIO — With the emphasis now on attaining literacy at the Grade 4 level in primary schools, teachers and students at Fellowship Primary and Junior High School, Portland, welcomed the opportunity to advance the cause on ‘Read Across Jamaica Day’, on Tuesday.
Students were held in rapt attention, while members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Community Safety and Security (JCF CSS) branch in Port Antonio, read excerpts from a book entitled ‘Freedom Story.'
The lively interactive sessions proved quite informative, and were well received by the students who responded intelligently to questions fielded by the police.
Speaking to JIS News, Deputy Superintendent in charge of Port Antonio’s Community Safety and Security branch, Gary Flash, said reading to the students created an opportunity to interact through the safe school programme, as well as showing them the ‘human side’ of the force.
“We want them to know that the police is their friend while, at the same, time making a positive impact on their education."
Special Corporal Sherine Waite-George, another member of the JCF CSS, said participating in ‘Read Across Jamaica Day’ presented an opportunity to build good community relations with the school.
“Reading to the children will help to build a relationship of trust and improve their awareness so that they can become more open,” she said.
Principal of the school, Aldis Myers, reiterated the importance of ‘Read Across Jamaica Day’, as a chance to improve students’ reading ability and help them develop good reading habits, as well as build their self-confidence.
“Reading aloud is a teaching strategy that creates an impact over time,” she said, adding that it will assist them in pronouncing words and interpret what they read.
She called on other community members and corporate citizens to emulate the example set by the police.
Grade 4 student, Samuel Beason, said he was happy that he got the opportunity to improve his reading ability and would continue to develop his reading habits.
By LORNA WILLIAMS, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE, PORT ANTONIO