This year’s four time Monarch Mikey, has joined the team of volunteers with the Young Women’s Christian Association’s (YWCA) Free Reading Club.

YWCA President Paige Bryan was pleased to have Mikey on board and thanked him for volunteering his services. She explained that the Club assists the children with their homework and develop their literacy skills. With assistance from Corporate Barbados and other individuals, we can fully achieve our objectives and expand the club with one in each parish” added Ms. Bryan.

(centre at back L-R) Mikey, Paige Bryan & Tamita Griffith, (front R-L) volunteer Ayesatu Savage & participants.

Coordinator of the Reading Club and Board Member Tamita Griffith indicated that a number of persons have volunteered their services including MP for the area The Honourable Chris Sinckler, reigning Calypso Monarch Red Plastic Bag, Krosfyah lead singer Khiomal Nurse, entertainer Keann Walters and entertainment entrepreneur Peter Boyce.

Ms. Griffith stated “We want to create an environment where the children feel welcomed and see education as fun. There are a number of exciting programmes we have planned for all ages and ability levels. We must all join in instilling the love of reading and develop cultural literacy which will lead to a lifelong love for learning”.

After concluding his first day, an excited Mikey complimented the Club and stated “if we as a society can assist with programmes such as these, we would have played a major role in the creation of our country’s literacy population. I am impressed with the level of potential demonstrated today and proud to be a part of this initiative by the YWCA and I encourage others to volunteer for this cause.”

The Club, facilitated by a team of volunteers, runs concurrently with the school term and is held, at the YWCA’s Training Centre in Deacons every Saturday from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and caters to children 4 years – 18 years.

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