Marching for Literacy in Nevis
The Rainforest of Reading comes to Nevis
CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS– November 6, 2015.
Beneath cloud-crowned Nevis Peak, the first-ever Rainforest of Reading festival was held on Friday, November 6, 2015. Holding banners and wearing costumes to represent 12 different books, three grades of primary students marched into Elquemedo Willett Park. At the head of the parade was a brass band whose cacophonous melodies stirred the crowd of over 500 students, teachers and parents.
The children were thoroughly excited as they engaged in storytelling, colouring craft, word searches, banagrams, drawing, meeting an author and illustrator, all centred around expanding their knowledge and ability to think, problem solve, create, innovate, imagine and adapt.
Terres Dore, Education Officer, Department of Education
The parade marked the end of a month-long journey through 12 stories and kicked off a day-long celebration of literacy. As well as playing various word and picture games, participants met special guests Cynthia Grenylon (author of Mr. Circle Man) and Gabrielle Grimard (illustrator of Today, Maybe) from Sherbrooke, Québec. All 11 schools on Nevis attended. Students also cast their votes for the Rainforest of Reading Award for most popular title of this year’s festival.
Special thanks for their superb efforts to: Thelma Parris-Mills; Londa Brown; Terres Dore; Cynthia Grenylon; Lawrence Richard and Palsy Wilkin.
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