Education, Culture, Youth, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister the Honorable Natalio Wheatley reiterates importance of developing a love of reading as the land prepares to observe the “Reading is Fun Week” from October 10 to 16.
Hon. Wheatley said: “I am happy to see the hard work put into this annual event that promotes the love of reading. I take this opportunity to appeal to the entire community to participate in this year’s Reading is Fun week. I further urge parents and guardians to continue good reading practices beyond this week. “
The Minister added: “According to science, everyone should read every day, in order to reap benefits such as building your vocabulary, which has a direct impact on how effectively you are able to communicate. Reading helps you reduce stress, sleep better, and the list goes on.
Permanent Secretary Dr Marcia Potter is also urging parents, teachers and students to participate in the events planned for the week.
“Reading is Fun Week is designed with you in mind and your participation is necessary to ensure a successful week,” she said. “Reading transforms” is the theme of this year’s celebration instituted by the department in the early 1990s. It was designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading and encourage participation across the board. territory to promote the appreciation of reading. School principals and teachers are encouraged to involve students and their parents in reading activities that would promote the theme and importance of reading.
For more information, contact the Department of Education at 468-3701 ext 2151.
- Sunday 10 October – Opening ceremony in honor of Ms. Lynden Smith for her contribution to literacy in the Virgin Islands – Elmore Stoutt High School, at 3:30 p.m. by invitation. The ceremony will also be broadcast LIVE on the government’s Facebook page.
- From Monday October 11 to Friday October 15 – All the schools in the Territory will have reading activities to observe the week.
- Monday, October 11 – The “Story Time” videos and audios of people reading will be published on media sites.
- Tuesday 12 October – SnapComms – Students will be featured in the Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS) news program
- wednesday, october 13 – DYAS VOICE- The Virgin Islands in literature Students discuss local literature.
Story time! – Videos and audios of people reading will be posted on media sites.
- Thursday October 14 – SnapComms – Students will be introduced to the Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS) program
- Chat with the community – Local authors will discuss their books.
- Story time! – Videos and audios of individual readings will be posted on media sites. Friday.
- Friday October 15 – Story time! videos and audios of individuals reading will be posted on media sites.
- saturday 16 october – Story time! Reading of stories / poems by students / adults on local media. In addition, everyone is encouraged to share a story or poem on their Facebook page or other media of the social media platform.
Adults are invited to join in the reading celebration. If you would like to share an excerpt from a storybook on the government’s Facebook page, you can contact the Ministry of Education before Thursday, October 7. The recording (audio / video) must not last longer than two (2) minutes. The quality of the recording must be excellent and the age of the content appropriate.