Greater love for books at Springer

A love for reading is fast growing among students at the Springer Memorial Secondary School that implemented a Reading Awards Programme four years ago.

On Monday, proud first formers collected their prizes after reading as many as 500 books in this year’s programme, which was held under the theme Reading: A Gateway To Success.

Beaming teacher Francis Thompson, who piloted the reading programme, flocked by this year’s top performers.
Beaming teacher Francis Thompson, who piloted the reading programme, flocked by this year’s top performers.

This year’s Best Overall Student was Keziah Taylor.

Other top achievers included Shaddia St John, who read 146 books; and Kayshie-Ann Clarke and Joie Greene, who each read over 50 books.

Teacher Francis Thompson, who piloted the programme in the 2011/2012 school year, told Barbados TODAY the initiative had opened a whole new chapter at the school.

“We have students who are now doing CXC literature in fourth form. All around there has been an improved academic performance because of the programme.”

The students are allowed to select the books they want to read and submit the list to their teachers. They are then required to present written and oral reports, and are also interviewed by teachers who judge their presentations to determine the top performers.

Awards feature speaker Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, educator, challenged the students to build on their love for reading, which she stressed played a critical role in academic success.

Feature speaker Chrystal Cummins-Beckles told Springer students that reading was critical to their success.
Feature speaker Chrystal Cummins-Beckles told Springer students that reading was critical to their success.

“Reading gives you knowledge of all things –– because in books, magazines, or newspapers, you can find information that is applicable in your everyday life,” Cummins-Beckles advised.

“Reading also provides entertainment . . . . Once you learn how to read, you will never put a book down until you finish it. It helps you learn about other people’s lifestyles, religion, culture and actions.”

The teacher lamented that too many children were captivated by technology and as a result had failed to develop critical language skills.

“In today’s society many children are raised by the television and video games. In my experience as a teacher, they lack imagination; simple writing tasks become a chore because their vocabulary is extremely limited. Communication skills in our children are lacking; therefore we must encourage them to read.”

Cummins-Beckles insisted that reading was not for “certain professions”, but was a must for anyone seeking to develop.

“In our world, every job requires someone who can read and write; every profession requires someone who can read –– whether it is a lawyer researching cases or merchandisers reading labels to pack on a supermarket shelf.

“I know some of you girls just want to be a hairdresser, or do nails; you need to read. Reading is just as important to you as a judge reading a verdict to a convicted person.”

Cummins-Beckles also urged parents to encourage their children to develop a love for reading.

From left, SOL group marketing and communications coordinator Gina Cummins, Best Overall Student Keziah Taylor and principal Pauline Benjamin.
From left, SOL group marketing and communications coordinator Gina Cummins, Best Overall Student Keziah Taylor and principal Pauline Benjamin.
SOL group marketing and communications coordinator Gina Cummins presenting Shaddia  St John, who read 146 books, with her award.
SOL group marketing and communications coordinator Gina Cummins presenting Shaddia St John, who read 146 books, with her award.

 

8 Responses to Greater love for books at Springer

  1. Monique Tull
    Monique Tull April 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Go Girls

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  2. Leeann Jordan
    Leeann Jordan April 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    No I did not attend this school, but I believe that this school is one of the finest school’s that we have in this Nation today…they continue to make a positive impact their girls. Well done ladies!!

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  3. Llyn Kent
    Llyn Kent April 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks SOL. Thanks Mr. Thompson and Principal Benjamin. This is wonderful; be encouraged young ladies. Remember your tablets also have Apps for reading books and ebooks can either be purchased online or downloaded for free.

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  4. Cinderella Richards
    Cinderella Richards April 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Excellent. This must continue. Reading is so important.

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  5. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor April 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Awwweee… My former school when I lived in Barbados …. a very lomg time ago… I am happy to see these girls reading and doing well…so happy

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  6. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor April 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    i love all these comments here … some very nice words of encouragement to these youngster… i know they well be successful, My former Class room teacher Mrs Pennegan always taught us to put our best foot forward.

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  7. Shanel Nelson
    Shanel Nelson April 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I went to Springer Memorial Secondary now my daughter attends, they have so many opportunities and I’m always encouraging her to take all of them.You girls are Really the QUEENS OF THE HILL AND OVER.MUCH LOVE……

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  8. AM April 3, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Great to see corporate Barbados on board! Excellent initiative, Mr. Thompson. Excellent vision, Mrs. Benjamin. Keep up the good work, girls.

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