Feeding scheme lifts Vauxhall pupils
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.