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Volunteer reading buddies needed in schools

A group dedicated to improving literacy skills would like to see a few more adults volunteer to go “back to school.”

LIFE (“Literacy Is For Everyone”) has a Paired Reading programme that links a volunteer to a student who is learning to read or read better. LIFE Executive Director Marilyn Conolly says there are few or even no volunteers in some schools, such as Bodden Town, Clifton Hunter and East End; and every other school would appreciate extra help, as well.

“I guarantee you, there are more children who want to be read with than adults that we have to read with them,” she said, “So, please, it’s a half-hour of reading, an hour of your lunchtime, to share a love of reading with children.”

One of the volunteers is also a co-founder of LIFE, Woody Foster. Foster’s Food Fair is marking its 35th anniversary with a charitable giving programme throughout 2016 that allows customers to donate their change to a different worthy cause each month. LIFE is the January beneficiary of the programme.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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