Jamaican Entertainers, Broadcasting Commission, NGO Read For Primary & Jr High Students

Members of Jamaica’s entertainment scene, along with officials from non-government organizations (NGO’s) and corporate Jamaica just participated in the Maverly Primary and Jr. High school’s Reading Day.

Brandon Allwood, Help Jamaica's Children reads to a 7th grade class

The event, which was spearheaded by the school, featured reading segments by volunteers including, Brandon Allwood of Help Jamaica’s Children, Nicole Morrison – Public Relations Officer, Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, Winsome Cousins – Monitoring and Customer Service Officer, also of the BCJ, and entertainers Spice and Chino McGregor.

Spice, whose real name is Grace Hamilton, read a short story “A Town Called Boring” about obstacles children face, says, “When I was approached with the idea to come here and read to the students, I jumped at it. Reading is an important part of any child’s foundation and as a mother that is something I advocate. If I couldn’t read I wouldn’t have been able to participate in drama competitions during high school, or be where I am today, so I had to be here to show that no matter what you decide to do in the future, reading is a must.”

Spice flanked by teachers of the Maverly Primary and Jr. High School

Similarly, Daniel “Chino” McGregor, who is by all accounts an exceptional father and creative singer/songwriter, also saw the opportunity as a great one to pass on lessons to his Grade 2 students for the day. “I read the Bible story of Cain and Abel and after that I asked them what lesson they learnt from the story. More initiatives like this need to happen in schools, where they invite persons with various professions to come in and read with the students and motivate them. Sometimes children or young people will look at entertainers and think you don’t need to excel in school to do well. That is far from the truth. Some of the most talented persons in music are those who use a number of writing and literary techniques. So reading is extremely important. A major thank you to Marverly for inviting us.”

Chino McGregor interacting with his Grade 2 students

Brandon Allwood, Chief Advocate, Help Jamaica’s Children organisation says,“I’m grateful for the opportunity to interact with children in a meaningful way, and reading is one of those ways. Personally, my belief is that reading opens life’s many doors and as a nation we must encourage recreational reading as a habit for our children and encourage them to read outside of classrooms and school.”

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