PRESS RELEASE: Stephen King a world renowned writer said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” For this reason, the English Department of the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School made it very clear that reading is a serious business during the period   May 1st to June 7th for Reading Month Activities.

To engage students and staff in the advancement of the language, a number of activities were held at this learning institution under this year’s national theme- Collaborating to Close the Literacy Gap: Read for Change.

Some of the activities conducted at the school included a T- Shirt Design Competition, School-Wide Treasure Hunt, Design your Classroom Competition and Design your Space (Inter-Departmental) Competition and a Literacy Workshop for teachers.

This workshop was held to improve teachers’ capacity in teaching Reading and Writing across the Curriculum. Facilitator, Mrs. Jennifer Raphael, an expert in her field of Literacy Development, did a fantastic job imparting knowledge and reminding teachers that every teacher should be an English Teacher and that Literacy, by virtue of its place in each subject area should be everyone’s business.

To culminate this year’s Reading Month Activities, the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School was blessed to be visited by the Honorable Minister of Education, Dr Gail Rigobert and other prominent persons of society who came to read to the students.

The competitions will climax with, a grand Prize Giving Ceremony to celebrate all the winners and participants of each activity this coming week.

As the Reading Month period comes to a close, it is the hope of the administration and the members of the English Department that the ‘literacy problem’ is curbed and that the love for reading continues to grow among students.