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Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew launch Book Collection Drive for Inner-city Schools.

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The Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew yesterday (February 8) launched its 45th Anniversary “450 in 45 Day Book Collection Drive.” In launching the initiative, Major Barrington Miller, President of the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew noted that “as we celebrate our 45th year of service to Jamaica, we consider how critical it is to help young children be ready for school by working with them to develop early literacy and learning skills. Because strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects, it is important to identify those who struggle with reading as early as possible.”  He also stated that “children who have been read to at home go to school with important early literacy skills. They are prepared to learn to read and write. Children who have not had many experiences listening to books read aloud or talking about books typically start school with poor early literacy skills.” 
In explaining the purpose of the initiative President Barrington said that “as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary of service to the Children of Jamaica, it is befitting that we undertake this activity to support the children at the early childhood level to improve their literacy y providing access to text books and engaging with the children.”  According to the President, the books collected will be distributed to two inner-city schools the ie, St Pauls Basic School in Tower Hill and National Baptist Basic School in Arnett Gardens.  The Club will also make donations to the Early Childhood Commission added Miller.
In endorsing the initiative, Mrs. Norda Seymour Hall, Director Sector Support at the Early Childhood Commission, stated that the Commission is pleased to partner with entities such as the Kiwanis Club in initiative that distribute books and promote early literacy skills of children.  The initiatives she outlined ”is in keeping with the Early Childhood Institutions 12 operating standards.”  These books according to Seymour Hall “will see more Early Childhood institutions having more comprehensive programmes designed to meet the language, cognitive, creative, physical, social emotional, spiritual, cultural and school readiness needs of children.”
In praising the initiative, Mrs Seymour Hall stated that “research has shown that it is more economically advantageous and practically easier to reach children from birth with quality early childhood experiences which includes a print rich environment than to try to catch up with intervention programmes in primary and secondary schools. What we really need to do is to get it right at the early childhood level.”   We must continue to invest at the early childhood level added she added. 
Mrs. Seymour Hall went on to speak of the importance of partnerships and called on other organisations to support the Commission in providing variety of children’s book for the sector.  
To mark the launch of the initiative, President Barrington and Mr. Norman Walker, Managing Director of the Book and Stationery Place presented a package of early childhood books to the Early Childhood Commission.  Book and Stationery Place located at Portmore Mall will partner with the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew to provide most of the books.

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