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LOCAL actress Dahlia Harris is set to bring a burst of energy to the Sandals Foundation's Read-a-Thon 2013 scheduled for 10:00 am today at the newly re-opened Flanker Resource Centre in Saint James.
"Reading has shaped the person that I am today," says Harris, "and it's an absolute pleasure to share that journey with the children as we encourage them through reading to think beyond limits and boundaries, turning the pages of not just stories but the lives of the next generation." Harris will be joined by Charles Sinclair, councillor for the Flanker Division, and Saint James Festival Queen Henrica Thompson for a series of interactive reading sessions with youngsters from ages six to 16 years old.
Reading specialists from the Ministry of Education will be on hand to perform diagnostic literacy checks for children experiencing difficulties reading. Additionally, final-year journalism students from the University of the West Indies will share the latest information on the art of creative writing in a workshop specially designed for teenagers.
Attendees at Read-a-Thon 2013 will also have an opportunity to interact with the walkaround Elmo character from Sesame Street and walk away with tangible prizes in several spelling and reading competitions throughout the duration of the event.
The Sandals Foundation launched a read-a-thon in 2009 in response to the declining literacy rates within the Flanker Community. In keeping with the Sandals Foundation's commitment to education, the programme is intended to encourage reading and, with time, improve literacy among the young people within Flanker and its surrounding communities.
In addition to an already packed roster of activities, Read-a-Thon 2013 will provide a platform for the introduction of the Jolly Phonics Workshop, one of several sustainable educational programmes to be explored and conducted at the newly expanded Flanker Resource Centre.
Jolly Phonics, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, is an intensive phonics programme that teaches children how to read and write. It adopts a multi-sensory approach to suit dynamic learning environments, catering to different learning styles exhibited by children.
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