Two local schools had assistance in the classroom this week as Belfast International Airport’s employees helped them make ‘Time to Read’.
The award winning programme from Business in the Community programme helps improve literacy skills amongst primary school children aged 8-10. ‘Time to Read’ has been a huge success and now operates in over 100 schools across Northern Ireland.
Twelve volunteers from Belfast International Airport, including Managing Director Graham Keddie, started the reading sessions by visiting St Comgall’s Primary School and Greystone Primary School in Antrim.
Speaking about the project, Mr Keddie said: “Belfast International Airport is really looking forward to taking part in the ‘Time to Read’ programme. As a father myself, I understand the importance of helping to develop reading skills at an early age and, as a business, it’s great to be able to give something back to the community. This successful scheme gives us a wonderful opportunity to do both in our local community.”
The volunteers will dedicate one hour a week to reading with children on a one-to-one basis, ‘supporting their reading progress and giving them an insight into the world of work’.
Paul Lees, Belfast International Airport’s Fire Station Commander, is pictured above reading 'Horrid Henry' with Aidan Shortt from St Comgall’s PS.
Business in the Community Programme Executive, Dervla Strong, commented: “Our ‘Time to Read’ scheme has been hugely successful over the past 16 years and without the dedication of both schools and businesses this would not have been possible.
“We are delighted that Belfast International Airport has chosen to take part in the project. The children gain so much from the experience, as do the volunteers - a fact demonstrated by the fact that we now have volunteers who have been with us for more than five years. We hope our Belfast International volunteers enjoy the scheme!”