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Springer’s reading queens

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Springer’s reading queens

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The queens of Government Hill, Springer Memorial Secondary School, showed that their prowess rises beyond athletics when 23 of the school’s third formers were rewarded for their successful participation in their annual Reading Programme yesterday.
The 23 students completed 685 books over the last two terms, with Naygia Bourne-Belgrave, Donisha Charles, Tammika Oxley and Tsian Wiggans reading over 50 books each. Samantha Greene proved to be the top reader and Temica Barry was the top writer in the exercise of reading, writing and drama.
The duo received a Samsung Galaxy Tab III from Gina Cummings of Sol Caribbean Limited.
Representatives from the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Ltd, A-Class Battery Service Limited and the Barbados Public Workers’ Cooperative Credit Union were also on hand to make various presentations of trophies and monetary vouchers.
Principal Pauline Benjamin highlighted the tremendous improvement in behaviour and grades as a result of the three-year programme.
Year head Francis Thompson indicated that many of the students developed a passion for books which was an about-turn from when they entered Springer loathing reading.
Heptathlete Sierra Coward and some of the lesser known athletes were living testimony that sports and academics can pair successfully. A poem by Shade Jacques drew tears from a family member.
An excerpt read from a story written by Temica Barry demonstrated the value of the reading programme.  
Featured speaker, radio personality Gaynelle Marshall, spoke of her passion for reading from the time she was three years old.  
She told the students and a number of proud parents that her mother’s passion for reading stirred her desire to imitate that type of behaviour.
Marshall exhorted the awardees and their friends to “make books your No. 1 friend. Do not be afraid to share the beauty of a book”. (KB)