As the rest of the world celebrates World Book Day today, so did the children at the Cuthbert Moore Primary School.
They brought characters of some of their favourite children books to life as they paraded at the Market Hill school in their colourful costumes.
Iron Man, Batman, Superman, cowboys, pirates, many princesses, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, characters from Lazy Town, including Stephanie,†Susie from Princesses Are Pretty, Thinkerbell and even Snow White was there — although without the seven dwarfs.
Teacher at the school, Juan Medford, told Barbados TODAY the fourth annual event was held in an effort to promote reading and help the children see it as interesting. She said they decided on the whole concept of getting the students dressed up as their favourite characters simply to make the words they read “come alive”.
Each child dressed as a personality and brought to school the book which the character was taken from to share information about it with their teachers and friends.
Over the years it has helped to stimulate them to read more. She said that while reading was not generally a problem at the school there were some children who experienced challenges with reading and this initiative helped somewhat with overcoming them.
There were a host of other activities as well to bring pleasure to reading: the Ministry of Education’s Media Resource Department performed puppetry for the young ones, they engaged in treasure hunts, story telling sessions and lessons on caring for books. There was a display of some of the compositions students wrote and an extremely exciting interactive performance with Varia Williams. (KC)