11 May Phillips takes Little Lion to Half Way Tree Primary School
Half Way Tree Primary School students and their teachers were treated to an extraordinary reading session when Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips dropped in to share the delights of a book with a class to mark International Day of Reading.
Dr. Phillips who is on an islandwide Listening Tour took time out to be with the students at Half Way Tree Primary, located in his constituency of East Central St. Andrew. He told the students and teachers gathered that children are not only the nation’s future, but also a very important part of its present.
The students eagerly lined up and waited to get a glimpse of and shake hands with the Opposition Leader. Those who interacted directly with Dr. Phillips were overjoyed and were bursting with excitement and are surely to treasure encounter.
One girl exclaimed with delight; “he shook my hand!”. In her excitement, she rejoined the growing line to experience the Phillips handshake a second time.
At Grade 4P, Dr. Phillips took over from class teacher Miss Sherila Powell.
There, he read from the children’s book, Little Lion Goes For Gold. The book is about a boy who trains hard for a race which he had initially lost and wanted to give up but the Little Lion was encouraged to continue with his track dreams and eventually won gold.
Dr. Phillips, aside from calling on some of the children to read alongside him, had fun interacting with some who revealed that they were also story writers and athletes.
He told the children that they should keep reading and develop a love for the habit as the greatest gift he got was when he was taught to read.