Introduction

The Point Hill Diagnostic Reading Centre (PHDRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization adjoined to the Point Hill Leased and Primary and Junior High School.

 

It is a diagnostic and literacy resource centre serving students and members of Point Hill and the surrounding communities. The idea of a Centre had its genesis in 1998 as a community response to the need to significantly raise the literacy level of students attending the Point Hill Primary and Junior High and as an outreach program to community members in need.

 

Through the fundraising efforts of community members, the Point Hill Community Alumni Association, the generous support of various governmental, non-governmental and private corporations and individuals a building was constructed to house the Centre, representing Phase I of two-phased project. Our dream became a reality with the commencement of operations in August of 2004.

 

The generosity of USAID, Grace Foundation and the United Way of Jamaica has enabled us to setup a computer laboratory. This was established in 2005 under the direction of Logan Steffans, our first Peace Core volunteer. The centre now offers internet and business services to the community. Computer classes and instruction are also offered.