Rotary Central Literacy Campaign Gains Further Support at Cocktail Reception

27 May 2008

Contact: Sari Cuming, Marketing Manager, sari.cuming@db.com

Source: Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited

Location: Cayman

Four donations have helped ensure that a major Cayman literacy campaign, which was launched in March by Rotary Central and Deutsche Bank, concludes on a high-note.

The donations were announced at a cocktail reception held recently at Grand Old House. It formed the finale to the 'Literacy for Success' campaign, which aims to highlight the positive, lifelong benefits of literacy and raise the profile of the programmes in place to help people learn to read.

Four literacy initiatives received financial support at the cocktail reception. Janet Hislop, Director of Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited, presented the first donation of US$10,000 to Cayman Islands Reading Aides (CIRA) to support their training services and assist with the purchase of training materials.

John Gray High School received the second donation to support its 'Reading Laboratory 2b', a programme that enables students whose literacy skills would benefit from additional support to improve their comprehension, vocabulary and spelling skills.

A donation was also made to North Side Primary School for their 'Take Home Literacy Bags' initiative, which aims to encourage children and parents to spend regular reading time together. The Public Library received the final donation, which will enable them to purchase literacy games for children and adults.

Guest speakers at the reception also discussed the importance of literacy, highlighted the problem of illiteracy in Cayman and sought to encourage further support through donations and volunteers for the various initiatives coordinated by Rotary Central and CIRA.
Speakers included Wil Pineau, Vocational Services Director for Rotary Central; Sandy McFarlane, President of Rotary Central and Co-ordinator of CIRA; Janet Hislop, Director of Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited, sponsor of the campaign; CIRA tutor Ross Clark; and Angela Martins, Chief Officer for the Ministry for Education, Training, Employment and Youth.

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