Bryce Primary School, Jamaica project
Bert Williams MBE sparked a new project that links Brighton primary schools with his own former school in Coleyville, Jamaica.
Bryce Primary School has asked for help with two projects that will inspire and engage its students to improve their mathematics and reading skills: Reading Park and Furniture Drive.
The rural school has a total of 500 students, with a small staff team, but needs help. Most of the pupils are from low socio-economic backgrounds, hailing from farming communities near the school. The multitalented teaching staff does its best to reach each student with little or limited resources.
The teachers plan to convert a section of the school into a reading park. This will be a haven decked with outdoor furniture, trees and plants for shade and décor. Students will explore Language Arts and Reading through fun interactive games, mobiles, footprints, puzzles, activity sheets, books, murals and other prints, supervised by the prefect body.
The school are trying to collect colorful, sturdy tables and chair suitable for children aged six to eight. Teachers have observed that children in grades one to three stand during writing exercises, as they are given benches suitable for 12-year-olds and cannot reach the desktop. The benches are also very difficult to facilitate group exercises.
So far, five schools in Brighton have signed up to link with Bryce Primary and organise for books and furniture.
Since January 2016, St Joseph’s Primary, small Catholic primary school in Hollingdean, Brighton, has been organising fundraisers and furniture and book collections to help the school. A recent Caribbean fundraiser raised £416 for the school. They has also organised food and cultural events to give students a chance to learn about Jamaica, including a taste of foods such as sweet potatoes, coconut, and watermelon.
For more information on supporting Bryce Primary, please contact Amy Zamarripa Solis on firstname.lastname@example.org.