Monday, December 16th, 2019
Lionbridge Technologies in Ballina has been a real champion of our Time to Read programme, working with Scoil Íosa for the last six years. At the launch of this year’s programme in October, Principal Michael Tunney said “The Time to Read programme provides our students with kind and nurturing reading experiences, where they are given carefully planned and appropriate opportunities to develop and enhance their literacy skills with the support of deeply caring adults who take a truly genuine interest in their lives.”
Jimmy Nolan, employee, who has volunteered on the programme for the last three years said: “Working with the teachers, parents and children of Scoil Íosa on the Time to Read programme gives us all in Lionbridge a great sense of community. It grounds us in the importance of being local and contributing something locally. Seeing the kids imaginations spark when they discover new things in the books they are reading is a real buzz.”
Enda Cunnane, CEO of Lionbridge, who himself is volunteering this year said: “We are delighted to be involved both with Time-to-Read and Scoil Íosa. This programme is a great opportunity for our employees to connect with young children in the local community on such an important learning initiative.”
Home School Community Liaison teacher, Bernie McGoldrick said: “The programme allows the children to practice their reading skills in a unique and nurturing environment, while at the same time building genuine and rich relationships with the volunteers, where they engage and are listened to; a holistic approach that caters both for literacy and social needs.”
Fania Ellison, Regional Co-ordinator BITCI said: “It has been great working on this programme with Lionbridge for the last six years. From the very start everyone seemed to really embrace Time to Read. From CEO level, all the way through the company, people have got involved and some people volunteer year after year as well as getting their colleagues to take part too.”
Lionbridge Technologies volunteers and Scoil Íosa students
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