CedarBridge Plan To Increase Reading Tutors

June 30, 2015

CedarBridge Academy’s successful Community Literacy Volunteer Programme plans to significantly increase the number of reading tutors available to students with a gift that provides a volunteer appreciation initiative and professional literacy training from partner, The Reading Clinic.

The Programme, which engages community volunteers in helping CedarBridge students achieve their reading goals, is expected to double the amount of tutor recruits through the increased support.

“CedarBridge Academy and its reading specialists should be commended for creating a volunteer literacy program that is both an academically-rich resource for students and an excellent example of community partnerships,” said The Minister of Community, Culture and Sports, Pat Gordon-Pamplin. “Strengthening this programme with a gift from the Buechner Society is a win-win for all.”

The head of school, Principal Kalmar Richards, added, “The Community Literacy Volunteer Programme is an important part of our students’ journey to improved reading skills as well as a great way to engage the community in our work here at CedarBridge. This gift allows us to strengthen the Programme with professional training and provide support for those who give of their time and talents.”

Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience including members of the police service, a university fraternity and the CEO of a radio station. CedarBridge recently hosted their annual “Toast For Change” Celebration and Appreciation Lunch with volunteers and their mentees.

The new and improved Literacy Volunteer Programme is supported by the Buechner Society of Bermuda, named after renowned author and theologian, Frederick Buechner, as a way to give back to Bermuda, his beloved childhood home. The initiative is a part of a national campaign called Read*Write Bermuda, supported by the Buechner Society.

“Having grown up here as a child, Bermuda holds special meaning to me and continues to influence my perspective and my work,” said Frederick Buechner. “I am delighted to be able to give back to the island by partnering with those who share my love and appreciation for reading and writing.”

The Campaign has established the Read•Write•Bermuda Campaign Fund at the Bermuda Community Foundation to raise funds in support of Bermuda’s readers, writers, and libraries. To donate, visit here.

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  1. overboardhope says:

    Why did it take so long? Literacy has been a problem for the last 50 or more years. It is great that they are moving forward.