Sunday 9 August, 2020

Carlong Publishers donates J$4.1-m worth of books to 100 basic schools

(From left) Omar Reid, IT Manager, Carlong Publishers; Vinton Samms, Marketing Manager, Carlong Publishers;
Tanisha Miller, Community Relations Manager, Early Childhood Commission; and Bernadene Blake-McCalla, Export Development Manager, Carlong Publishers at the handing over ceremony.

(From left) Omar Reid, IT Manager, Carlong Publishers; Vinton Samms, Marketing Manager, Carlong Publishers; Tanisha Miller, Community Relations Manager, Early Childhood Commission; and Bernadene Blake-McCalla, Export Development Manager, Carlong Publishers at the handing over ceremony.

Despite the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Carlong Publishers continued its 30th anniversary celebrations recently with a donation of 5,000 textbooks and readers to 100 basic schools across Jamaica.

This year’s increased donation is intended to promote literacy and the reading habit among Jamaican children at the early childhood level, the company said in a press release.

In support of its 30th anniversary theme, “Empowering Youth and Community through Knowledge and Cultural Confidence”, Carlong said it remains dedicated to providing children with access to the educational resources they need – especially those further disadvantaged by COVID-19.

With the help of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), who identified the schools in need, Carlong’s increased donation gifted an assortment of 50 age-appropriate textbooks and readers for children ages three to six years to 100 needy basic schools. This year’s donation, valued at J$4.1 million saw an increase of 2,500 books to an additional 50 schools.

While Carlong was unable to host the usual presentation ceremony for the recipient schools, the donation was officially presented to the ECC on June 3, 2020 for distribution to the schools identified.

As partners in the education process, Carlong said it continues to keep its commitment to provide high-quality educational material for students within the Caribbean, and firmly believes that a good early childhood education is the best foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

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