This is a chance for Bermuda to promote literacy by giving our pre-schoolers their own book and to help get them excited about reading.

Thursday, March 3rd is World Book Day and it’s Nikita Robinson’s 48th birthday.

Today marks the sixth consecutive year of her community outreach and giveback drive to promote literacy in Bermuda.

To the delight of hundreds of pre-schoolers and nursery school toddlers, countless volunteers will be joining classes for reading sessions throughout the day with youngsters.

This year more than 40 nursery and preschools will receive nearly 1,500 brand new books to read today and during the course of the school year.

It all started six years ago when Bermuda’s Ladies Room Host behind the mic at Hott 107.5, decided to do something different on her special day.

“I was looking to do something for the community on my birthday,” said Ms Robinson.

 

Informed by a former Brown & Co Bookmart manager about World Book Day, celebrated in the UK and Ireland, she said: “I decided to do my own version by rallying community assistance.”

“We started out needing 1,443 books this year and at last check we were down to about 355.

“We have three ways in which people can help – either by adopting a nursery school, purchase book(s) at Brown & Co at 10 percent off, or read at a preschool or nursery school on World Book Day.”

The response and public support over the years has been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Ms Robinson issued a warm thank you to sponsors, especially those who have supported her campaign from its inception, and new sponsors who “have come on board in the last few years”.

“As long as we keep on track 43-44 nursery and preschools are scheduled to benefit on Thursday March 3rd.”

At last check she said: “We have nine schools left or 355 more books to be purchased at Brown & Co.

“This is a chance for Bermuda to promote literacy by giving our preschoolers their own book and to help get them excited about reading.

“Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power,” said Ms Robinson.

“It all takes place on Thursday, March 3rd – World Book Day and my 48th birthday.”

By Ceola Wilson

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