Read Across Jamaica Day – May 8, 2018

As the excitement builds, so too does the need to work together to broaden our commitment to literacy.  Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 is Read Across Jamaica Day.

This day is an opportunity to donate books, volunteer a little of your time or collaborate with Read Across Jamaica Foundation to sponsor or tour a school during the week.

Read Across Jamaica Foundation encourages corporations, local businesses and individuals to participate on this day and touch the lives of children with the gift of literacy.

Make the Read Across Jamaica pledge and commit to join us as we impact a child, a community and the nation throughout the week.

Our schedule of school visits include:

Monday, 7 May – Cambridge PS, St. James
– St. James Parish Library (afterschool)

Tuesday, 8 May – Albert Town Primary School

Wednesday, 9 May – Siloah Primary School

Thursday, 10 May – St. Patricks Primary School, St. Andrew
– Balmagie Primary School, St. Andrew

Friday, 11 May – Naggo Head Infant School, St. Catherine

To sign up, contact the Project Coordinator @ (301) 672-4133 or send an email to:

Literacy Fact

Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills.

  • According to the National Education Association, having kids read a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds. The only way to get good at it is to practice.1

Gutloff, Karen. 1999, January. “Reading Research Ready to Go.” NEA Today. Washington, DC: National Education Association.

Read Across Jamaica Day: May 9, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica, 1 May 2017 — The Read Across Jamaica Foundation invites the Caribbean
community to kick off Child’s Month with literacy awareness activities promoting the theme: “Literacy Matters: Read Alouds Promote Collaboration and Confidence in Children” during Education Week. This year, Read Across Jamaica Day will be celebrated island wide on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

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Volunteer opportunity

Service Learning Volunteer Opportunity

Read Across Jamaica Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as Literacy Ambassadors. Please share this information with any professionals, authors, librarians, educators or students you feel may be interested in participating and/or giving back in service to Jamaica.

Journey to Jamaica 2017

Read Across Jamaica is an international literacy program formed to foster a love of reading in children in Jamaica and the Diaspora. Since 2003 we have been collecting and distributing books to schools in Jamaica and engaging young people in literacy activities during our yearly trips to the island.