Literacy boost for Reynold Weekes Primary

The students of Reynold Weekes Primary School will now get a greater push towards developing their literacy skills and love for reading, thanks to Pilly Pelican Inc. and CIBC  International Bank.

Like hundreds of other primary school children, they will benefit from the campaign headed by Gregory Skeete, founder of Pilly Pelican Inc., a children’s development company involved in publishing, storytelling and coaching. The young company aims to inspire and equip children, 11 years old and younger, to reach their highest potential.

From left, proud teachers from the Reynold Weekes Primary School and Principal Anderson Bishop (right) pose with CIBC First Caribbean Director Retail Banking Channels, Michelle Whitelaw (centre) and smiling Class Four students.

Skeete and his team launched the Pilly Pelican Presents 50 campaign on January 20 to commemorate Errol Barrow Day 2017, and to highlight the role played by the late Prime Minister in the development of Barbados’ educational system.

During the campaign, which also marks Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence which was celebrated last year, 50 public and private primary schools across the country will receive 50 books which the company said will aid in the students’ development as people, leaders, future employees, entrepreneurs and good citizens.

Businesses and other organizations are being asked to join forces with the Pilly Pelican to contribute books to primary schools in every parish across the island as part of the Pilly Pelican Island Tour.

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank is one of the first corporate organizations to assist in this drive, partnering with Pilly Pelican to deliver 50 books to the Reynold Weekes Primary School.

The bank’s Director, Retail Banking Channels, Michelle Whitelaw, who
presented the books, noted that the project encouraged children to have a dream for their future and to plan in order to achieve those dreams.

“We at CIBC FirstCaribbean recognize that children can benefit significantly by having goals and instruction planning on how to achieve these goals, therefore deciding to be part of a project that, among other positives, encourages this aspect of their development was easy for us,” she said.

“Planning allows us to make informed choices with intent. Therefore, children who are put on a path that includes their involvement in planning for their future will develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and their decisions, which will redound to their lifelong benefit. And as a banker, I can also assure you that involving primary school children in financial planning will help to instill good money values with regards to spending, saving and investing which will help them to grow into money-smart adults.”

 The school’s principal Anderson Bishop thanked everyone involved and the bank for choosing the school, as he underlined the benefits which can result from the children reading and setting their goals.

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