Rose Place kids get reading skills
May 7, 2004
Rose Place kids get reading skills

Twenty children from Rose Place are more efficient in their reading today thanks to a collaborated reading programme recently organised by VINSAVE and Police Constable Allan Palmer.{{more}}
The children who are between the ages of six and 13 years are encouraged to read as often as they can, and as a result they are given incentives such as roller blades and skateboards. The children were also taken on hiking expeditions.
Palmer told SEARCHLIGHT that reading has been identified as a problem among the youths, especially the youths of Rose Place. He also used the opportunity to mention several distractions that hinder children from reading. According to Palmer, it is much easier to “pick up a Game Boy and watch t.v. than to pick up a book and read”.
The Police Constable mentioned that children who participated in the programme held under the theme, “Read and Have Fun”, with their new-found love for reading have been going to the library in groups.
Palmer said even parents are getting involved by working alongside their children in the library.
“I feel satisfied,” Palmer said with a smile as he added, “We were able to instil a pride in reading.”
Palmer is also known for his work in sensitising Vincentians about HIV/AIDS.