Feed­ing scheme lifts Vaux­hall pupils

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Health -

The week-old School Feed­ing Pro­gramme at Vaux­hall Pri­mary is tack­ling one of the chal­lenges that prin­ci­pal Pa­tri­cia Springer de­scribed as “heart wrench­ing” – chil­dren at­tend­ing school with­out break­fast.

The ed­u­ca­tor of more than 40 years started her stint at the school in Septem­ber and said she was ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges one by one.

She be­lieves that if the chil­dren have some­one to help up­lift them, they would feel bet­ter about them­selves and would be able to deal with prob­lems.

One prob­lem area is the abil­ity of chil­dren to read and the school has a re­me­dial read­ing pro­gramme.

“There is a pro­gramme that we call Step Into Read­ing – ev­ery time they leave their class­rooms, be it for break or lunch, and come back in they are to spend at last five to ten min­utes to do some as­pect of read­ing,” Springer ex­plained.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Mar­celle Mur­ray said stu­dents also learned to read us­ing phon­ics, and that while tech­nol­ogy was im­por­tant, it was time to go back to root learn­ing.

She added that a vi­brant Par­ent-teacher As­so­ci­a­tion also helped the school as it pro­vided an ef­fec­tive fo­rum to out­line is­sues and find so­lu­tions.

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