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School’s out, but learning is in with Bridge Foundation’s summer reading programme

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Members of the Bridge Foundation at the launch of the literacy programme at Nelson St Boys and St Agnes AC.


School may be out, but learning is still in at Nelson Street Boys’ and St Agnes AC School. The project is being promoted by Bridge Foundation Read to Rise Summer Reading. The Bridge Foundation, operated locally by its founder and CEO Anthea Mc Laughlin has been established to support the development of young children through the promotion of literacy. “The foundation helps to encourage early reading, facilitate critical skills for learning and implement evidenced-based practices,” a release from the organisation stated.
The foundation, through its summer reading programme, donated more than 100 books to Standards One and Two pupils of Nelson Street Boys’ RC and St Agnes AC. The intention is to encourage each child to complete the book by the end of the July/August vacation, “as a complimentary brain exercise to the physical activities that the children would be engaged in.”The foundation acknowledges research that makes it clear that children who don’t read during the vacation period can lose up to three months of reading progress. That loss, research indicated, has a cumulative, long-term effect. Thus, the summer reading programme encourages parents to engage their kids with books during the long summer break—and avoid the ‘slump.’ According to Bridge Foundation, “All children should have the opportunity to enter the creative world of imagination.” 
The book is penned by Caribbean author Clive Borely, and will take the children on an underwater adventure with Carlton the Dolphin and travel miles with Tilly the Turtle who hatches eggs on Trinidad and Tobago’s sea shores. For this programme, the Bridge Foundation has also collaborated with Boss Trinidad and the TT Pro League to promote the importance of investing and supporting early literacy, and reducing disparities of literacy among children in Trinidad and Tobago. The Bridge Foundation officially presented the books to the respective schools on July 2, 2012. 
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