“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
May 6 was observed as Read Across Jamaica Day. The objective behind this initiative of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association is to promote literacy amongst the nation’s youth. Jamaica College, in acknowledgement of this effort, staged an event called “Reading under the Puncie Tree”.
Spearheaded by the English Department, the day’s activities were centred under the famed ‘Puncie’. Students were invited to view books on display, and have audience with teacher (and writer), Marjorie Wright. Young college men were both delighted and captivated by the lively readings of various selections by Wright. They also showed keen interest in the materials furnished by the school library.
Manning Cup coach (and local poet), Miguel Coley, also participated in the venture, thrilling students with his pieces, “Summer Love” and “Black Woman”.
Various teachers and students lent their support and Read Across Jamaica Day was all that it was hoped to be…and more. Commendably, the young men displayed model behaviour throughout the day, such that Michelle Moodie, Head of the English Department, reported that she was pleased with students’ overall response to the initiative and is already looking forward to the next staging.
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