Success Stories

A large part of the success of our project is due to the fact that the children love the interactive and colorful Brain Quest Workbooks, making learning fun. It covers the alphabet, numbers, phonics and shapes & colors. The 300 page Workbooks feature hundreds of curriculum-based activities and exercises and have a special emphasis on the core competencies of math and language skills.

“BrainQuest goes beyond simple memorization and encourages kids to use reasoning, listening, and visualization skills, which increases its educational and entertainment value.”
– Sesame Street Parents

Providence Heights Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James parish
Over the last three years, the children at Providence Heights Infant School in Montego Bay have shown tremendous progress. With an average success rate of 59% among 66 Kindergarten students on the skill test prior to receiving books in 2010, mastery on the skill test improved dramatically after only one year, with measured results of 85% mastery in 2011 among 36 students tested. Results improved further in 2012, with an average mastery of 91% among 96 students tested. Moreover, the 5 year-old children at Providence Heights Infant School who received books from the charity two years running scored an impressive 94% on the 2012 assessment. In 2013, the school maintained an excellent average mastery of 86% among 86 Kindergarten students. In 2014, an incredible 95% average mastery on the skill test was measured among 80 Kindergarten students.

“Both the teachers and the children really like the books. Everything is integrated in the Brain Quest Workbook including numbers, phonics, writing and the letters of the alphabet and the activities and the colours reflect a West Indian theme. The children have improved. They can work guided by their teachers or take up their Workbook and work on their own. A few of our children did not have any books at all."
– Opal Jarrett, Principal at Providence Infant School, Montego Bay, St.James

Montego Bay Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James parish
Before receiving books in 2010, 399 Kindergarten students at Western Jamaica’s largest school, Montego Bay Infant School measured an average success rate of 69% on the skill test. After receiving books, the skill test average among 335 children immediately jumped to 88% mastery in 2011. In 2012, an incredible 91% success rate was measure among 781 Kindergarten students who completed the skill test. The children at Montego Bay Infant have maintained their excellent track record, with an average mastery of 92% measured on the skill test among 540 Kindergarten students in 2013. Last year, Montego Bay Infant School’s students achieved an average mastery of 92% on the skill test, making it the third year running that the school achieves above 90% mastery on the skill test.

“Not all children can buy books at times and we use them both generally and for homework.
– Constance Graham, Principal, Montego Bay Infant School

Upper Rock Spring All Age & Infant School, Hanover, Jamaica
One of the 5 schools the program has adopted and supports through primary school, this remote, rural school has received books from Books4Kids Jamaica since 2007. According to Principal Clayton Smith, a gradual improvement in skills has been measured at Upper Rock Spring Infant and All Age School over the last 5 years. In 2012, the first set of students who received books from the charity in 2007, reached the age where they had to pass the Government’s “Grade 4 Mastery test”. While mastery in literacy at Upper Rock Spring was a mere 25% eight years ago, the 2012 Grade 4 class achieved an impressive 84% mastery in literacy on the test. According to Principal Clayton Smith, this is a direct result of the children consistently getting books from Books4Kids Jamaica program. In addition, a marked and positive change in attitude has also been experienced among many of the children who received books from the charity.

“The attitude and the behavior of the children have really changed. They realize that apart from the teachers who will give them instruction, there are others who really do care about their well-being.”
– Clayton Smith, Principal, Upper Rockfield All Age School, Hanover, Jamaica

Falmouth Infant School, Falmouth, Trelawny
The ocean town of Falmouth is home to Falmouth Infant School, a school that is attended by 201 Kindergarten students. Over the last three years, the Kindergarten students at Falmouth Infant School have consistently performed excellently on the annual skill test, remarkably still finding room for improvement each year. In 2012, an average mastery of 89% was measured among 125 students. The success rate jumped to 91% mastery in 2013, and improved even further to 93% average mastery on the skill test among 163 students in 2014. Additionally, a superb success rate of 96% was measured among 75 five year-old children who had received Books4Kids Jamaica book bags two years in a row.

“The Workbook complements our core curriculum and our teachers use it on a daily basis. The children are very excited to do the Workbook activities, and we get excellent feedback from parents who use it at home with the children. We have benefited tremendously from the books from Books4Kids Jamaica over the years.”
– Mona Ennis, Principal, Falmouth Infant School

Cambridge Infant School, St. James
Prior to participating in the Books4Kids Jamaica program, the students at Cambridge Infant School measured on average mastery level of 62% on the skill test. An improvement in master levels of 25% percent was observed after only one year. The Kindergarten students at this fabulous rural school have continued to improve, consistently producing level of above 90% mastery on the annual skill test. In 2014, 63 four year old Kindergarten students achieved an incredible 99%.

"I want to express sincere gratitude to you and the Palmyra family for your continued support to our school. We really appreciate your time and your effort. This kind gesture left many children, teachers and parents very happy. We salute and thank you."
– Mrs. Ophelia Haughton, Principal at Cambridge Infant School


Chatsworth Infant and All Age, Maroon Town, St. James

“Your support throughout the years have made a very big difference in the lives of our students.”
– Audrey Jackson, Vice Principal, Chatsworth Infant and All Age, Maroon Town, St. James

Maroon Town Basic School, Maroon Town, St. James
In 2014, 25 students achieved an incredible 96% mastery on the annual skill test.

Calabar Early Childhood Institution, Rio Bueno, Trelawny
In 2014, 14 students achieved an incredible 98% mastery on the annual skill test.

Sterling Basic School, Montego Bay, St. James
In 2014, 15 students achieved an impressive 98% mastery on the annual skill test.

St. John's Infant School, Montego Bay, St. James
In 2014, 20 five year old (K2) students achieved a mastery level of 99%, while the 18 four year old (K1) Kindergarten students achieved an excellent 91% mastery level.

Alps Basic School, Trelawny
In 2014, the 6 five year old (K2) students achieved a mastery level of 99%.

Little Bay All Age and Infant, Little Bay, Westmoreland
The 7 five year old (K2) students achieved a mastery level of 98%, while the 13 four year old (K1) Kindergarten students achieved an excellent 93% mastery level in 2014.

Petersfield Infant and Primary School, Petersfield, Westmoreland
The 26 five year old (K2) students achieved a mastery level of 93% on the 2014 skill test.