Ministry of Education holds Reading Camp

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The Ministry of Education in conjunction with local businesses hosted for the second year its annual reading camp under the theme, “Reach for the Stars” and hopes to promote reading and writing. The camp started on July 25, 2011 and saw the participation of about 100 students from the various primary schools on the island.

With the assistance of fifteen volunteer teachers and assistants, Education Officer Candy Armstrong and Odilia Jacobs took on the students for the week. Classes started at 8:30am and went through 2pm each day, with the final day being Friday July 29th. With all the kids at attention, The San Pedro Sun’s very own Mary Gonzalez gave the final reading of the week. Reading “The Raven” by Gerald McDermott to the kids, the children were all very excited to listen and share.

Following the reading, certificates of appreciation were given out to volunteers, sponsors and each of the students received their own certificate of completion.

Mrs. Armstrong told The San Pedro Sun that the program targeted primary school students and involved much interactive reading activities. All days, students were provided with snacks and lunch. Apart from certificates, the students received fun packets containing writing and reading materials depending on grade level. In the bags generously donated by Grand Belizean Estates, there were coloring book, exercise books, pencils and crayons. It is the hope that after the program the students will be inspired to continue their reading throughout the summer vacations and the school year.

Participants and Organizers take this opportunity to thank sponsors: (GBE) Grand Belizean Estates, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Belize Bank, Atlantic Bank, Scotia Bank, Sunrise Realty, Southwind Properties, Blue Water Grill and the San Pedro Town Council.

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