Grange Visits Eltham Infant School for READ Across Jamaica Day – Central St. Catherine
As part of activities within her constituency for Read Across Jamaica Day, Member of Parliament for Central St. Catherine and Opposition Spokesperson on Information, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, today visited with and read to students at the Eltham Infant School.
Ms. Grange highlighted the importance of reading from an early age, noting that children should be encouraged to practice reading on an ongoing basis so as to combat grammatical and other challenges experienced even up to the tertiary level.
“It is essential that we instill within our children, the importance of reading from the fundamental stages of their development. In interacting with the group today, which consisted mostly of 5 year olds who will be heading to Primary School in September, I must say that I was truly impressed with their phonetic skills and overall enthusiasm,” Miss Grange said.
The teachers thanked Ms. Grange for the work she did as MP to have their school upgraded to an infant school last September. Principal, Mrs. Verna Lindo, added that the students were very excited to see Ms. Grange and used the opportunity to also share their other talents such as dance.
Ms Grange was accompanied by her parents, Mrs. Raphaelita Walker and Mr. Gifford Walker, founding members of PACE Canada, a Jamaican Diaspora Organization based in Toronto which focuses on early childhood education and has adopted over 400 basic schools in Jamaica.