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ing an officer and stealing his gun.
Students listened attentively throughout
the reading and engaged the author with
comments and questions after the reading.
The students ability to relate to the
author s life story, her passion for lifelong
learning and writing fostered a lively dis-
cussion. The author was impressed with
the enthusiasm and commitment to learning
by the students. Some even thanked her
individually at the end of the session for
because they were so impressed.
The Reading Circle students continue to
move from strength to strength, learning
as much as they can, helping each other,
growing in confidence and seeing more life
possibilities opening up to them.
Students who have been here since 2008
recollect their early experiences of coming
to practise their reading and getting extra
help. They used the opportunity wisely and
many moved up the levels in Alta. Some
Alta Level 3 graduates still come to practise
their reading and in so doing support and
inspire the other class members. The
Chaguanas Reading Circle is a group of
learners and teachers which is definitely
making a much needed difference in the
lives of each other and by extension the
society at large.
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Authors who took part in Alta s November Read-
ing Circle writers series gave more than an hour
of their time reading from their work. They shared
a piece of themselves. Through their visit to an
Alta Reading Circle these masters of poetry and
prose stirred the hearts of an appreciative audience
and peaked students interest.
The initiative is positive step towards empowering
adult learner, and by the response---by the attendance
and comments ---it has exceeded our expectations.
Two reading guides write about their most memorable
moments of these visits.
Curepe Holy Saviour AC School:
When tutors and students were notified that
authors Lyndon Baptiste and Michaellee James would
visit the Reading Circle at Curepe Holy Saviour
School, little did we know that we were in for. Lyndon
Baptiste s read his stories in the local dialect and
introduced us to
many characters from
his book, Boy Days.
His stories were quite
humorous and related
to events taking place
in our time. He
in relationships, like
men who spy on their
wives become suspi-
cious and become
insecure. Lyndon Baptiste also shared his own story,
telling students he too had difficulty reading when
he was young but was later inspired to become a
Both writers encouraged students by sharing the
many challenges they had in earlier years. Michaellee
James, who visited our Reading Circle on December
4 gave a profound description of herself, being born a
premature baby, who was often ill and had difficulty
in school. At the age of 14 she still could not read.
Ms James told students how she encountered a list
of failures, and teachers described her as being hope-
less but with the support of her parents and siblings
and one teacher she was able to overcome her chal-
lenges. Tutors and students listened attentively as
Michaellee read poems from her book I m Thinking.
She touched the heart and soul of all present. We
would like to express our sincere appreciation to
Lyndon Baptiste and Michaellee James for being an
inspiration to us all.
Montrose Vedic School:
The Chaguanas Reading Circle held at the Montrose
Vedic School was very pleased to welcome Vashti
Bowlah, author of Under the Peepal Tree. The
inclement weather and Friday traffic prevented some
students from attending but for the group of students
who did, it was a much enjoyed treat.
Bowlah read one of her true to life stories about
a delinquent young man and his mother and what
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Writers' series a rousing success
Students listened attentively
throughout the reading and engaged
the author with comments and
questions after the reading. The
students' ability to relate to the
author's life story, her passion for
lifelong learning and writing fostered
a lively discussion. The author was
impressed with the enthusiasm and
commitment to learning by the
students. Some even thanked her
individually at the end of the session
for because they were so impressed.
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