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Students read more than 1600 books in Harneys reading competition

14 December 2016

FLPS top readersStudents at the Francis Lettsome Primary School (FLPS) have read over 1,600 books as part of the sixth annual Harneys Winners Read and Readers Win reading competition.
 
Harneys sponsors the reading drive as part of its longstanding partnership with FLPS, a public primary school located on the eastern end of Tortola in the BVI. The objective of the programme is to promote literacy and encourage students to read for pleasure.
 
This year, some 146 students participated and collectively read 1,657 books during the competition, surpassing last year’s reading record of 110 students and 1,371 books read. The 2016 top reader was Grade 6 student Kishelle John who read 72 books.

Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs  Connie George, said the BVI’s Ministry of Education and Culture was thankful to Harneys for continuing to support the school in this annual competition that promotes literacy.

“This is a meaningful partnership that will benefit the entire community. This school year, the Ministry is sending the message that we want students to improve their reading and so have been encouraging principals to build even stronger reading programmes in the schools," Mrs George stated.

Harneys Marketing Manager, Mrs. Shonda Leacock, who manages the event on behalf of Harneys, commented: “The students are so keen to participate in this competition each year and are truly developing a real love of books and reading for pleasure. We are truly happy to be a part of this amazing partnership which allows us the opportunity to see first-hand the dedication of the principal, teachers and students at FLPS.”

Harneys began sponsoring FLPS in 2004. Over the past 12 years, the firm has made improvements to the school facilities, purchased playground equipment, sponsored enrichment activities, volunteered at school events, and purchased over 3,000 books for the school library. In 2013 the firm partnered with the Ministry of Education to open a computer lab and introduce computer classes.
 
Supporting education and youth programmes is at the heart of Harneys’ CSR activities. The firm believes that investing in young people is the cornerstone of building a strong future for the BVI.

Photo caption: Several of the top readers in the 2016 Harneys FLPS reading competition are photographed with their prizes.