The Clare Hall Secondary School has received a needed boost to its Literacy Programme as a result of a timely donation from the Rotary Club of Antigua.
On Tuesday, the philanthropic organization presented supplies to include stationery items and technological equipment, during a brief ceremony which took place at the school’s Literacy Centre.
President of the Rotary Club of Antigua, Kevin Silston, indicated that the Club is very pleased to support such an initiative. He added that education is one of the key areas of development for the Club and that improving literacy across the island is of significant importance.
“This is a very meaningful project, with life changing potential. We are all aware of the challenges faced by some students who transition through the Universal Secondary School system and a programme like this will assist in improving literacy skills. After looking at this, I am of the opinion that such a programme can be launched in other schools, and as a Club we are willing to partner with other organizations in making this a reality. It has tremendous value for a lifetime”, President Silston expressed.
He added that the Club will continue to support the programme as necessary. President Silston also expressed thanks to Rotarians, Paper Clips, Hadeed Motors and ACT for their respective assistance in making the contribution possible.
Principal of the Clare Hall Secondary School, Ashworth Azille, expressed thanks to the Club for its consideration and investment in the programme.
“We are indeed thankful for this. We can look to see how we can actually use this programme to address the overall issue of literacy among our students. The equipment and supplies will go a long way and it will lessen the resources that I would have to find to maintain the quality of the programme. There are so many students who transition through school without the requisite literacy skills to successfully navigate their course of study. We are very thankful that we are able through this programme to help them reach some level of growth and success”, Azille explained gratefully.
Literacy Specialist Teacher, Mrs. Marcia Chatham also expressed her profound gratitude to the Club for answering the call for support.
“I am very elated today and very grateful to the Rotary Club for making this possible. You are doing an excellent job in supporting education and literacy development and you can be rest assured that all of this will be put to good use in the further advancement of the programme”, Chatham joyfully expressed.
The Clare Hall Secondary School’s Literacy Intervention Programme aims to provide literacy intervention for struggling students. The room dedicated to literacy intervention, presently caters to students from Forms 1, 2 and 3 for intervention and remedial English classes.
At the beginning of each year the students classified as Level 3 and 4 based on the Grade Six National Assessment (G6NA) are assessed by the literacy specialist using the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading (DAR).
The vision is for the students who access the support in the literacy centre to develop in their reading, writing, comprehension and oral language skills over the years. The growth in literacy may not necessarily be evident immediately as students will vary according to their development and underlying learning difficulties or disabilities.