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Book donation breathes LIFE into Cayman Islands’ EEPS classroom libraries

Year 1 students, along with their teachers, Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Phipps, Deputy Principal, Jessica Jackson, Coordinator, LIFE Book Donations Programme, Erin Galatopoulos, are pictured in the classroom library.

East End Primary School was blessed, yet again, by the tremendous generosity of charitable organization LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone) as they donated 2,254 books to the school. These books will go towards enhancing Classroom Leveled Libraries throughout all year levels in the school, which is part of LIFE’s and EEPS’ efforts to provide students with engaging high quality children’s literature and to give students the resources necessary to become independent readers.  

Some of the book titles in the donation included Diary of a Wimpy KidGoodnight Moon, Going to the Firehouse, and The Magic School Bus, and also featured favourite characters like Geronimo Stilton, Curious George, Fancy Nancy, Judy Moody and Cam Jansen. In addition to fiction favourites, the book donation also included non-fiction books on interesting and engaging topics like whales, the Titanic, space and planets, wild weather, frogs and tadpoles, and animal disguises.  

Classroom libraries are one element to support instruction in literacy and to help students become independent, life-long readers with a great love for books of all genres. With access to a wide range of leveled high-quality children’s literature, students have the opportunity to practice and develop the reading skills and strategies taught in lessons with appealing books that are of interest to them.   

East End Primary School sincerely thanks LIFE for their great efforts in providing these books and their continued and deep commitment to the students of EEPS. Executive Director for LIFE, Marilyn Conolly, stated,“LIFE is committed to supporting the students and teachers in our public school system as we all work together to give our children the gift of a lifetime: the ability to read. Classroom libraries allow children to engage with a wide variety of interesting stories and topics to support their learning. LIFE is pleased to partner with the staff of East End Primary School as we work towards ensuring that every child can read when they leave this primary school.”

LIFE is Cayman’s literacy charity and they accept donations and volunteers for their classroom library project, paired reading programme, and other literacy initiatives. Donations of children’s books can be dropped off at Mailboxes Etc. in Camana Bay. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 938-6300.


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