Books from Hands Across the Sea ar­rive in St. Lucia Schools

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The books are here! Hands Across the Sea is proud to an­nounce that 5,080 brand-new read­ing books, serv­ing 3,112 chil­dren in 12 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, have ar­rived in Saint Lucia. Since the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­gan as­sist­ing here in 2010, it has sent 45,380 books to 62 schools, com­mu­nity li­braries, and youth pro­grammes, reach­ing 16,020 chil­dren. The 2015-2016 Hands Wish Lists ship­ment, which ful­fills the “wish list” of books re­quested by ed­u­ca­tors, is the best - high­est qual­ity, most tar­geted - in Hands Across the Sea’s eight years of op­er­a­tion. To raise child lit­er­acy lev­els in a sus­tain­able fash­ion, the CLASS (Caribbean Lit­er­acy and School Sup­port) Pro­gramme uti­lizes three steps: 1. Send new, amaz­ing Books; 2. Cre­ate/re­ju­ve­nate lend­ing li­braries; and 3. Sus­tain the lit­er­acy gains. In Saint Lucia, Jacqueline Vi­dal-Atherly, the Hands Lit­er­acy link, works with each school to guide and sup­port ef­forts at rais­ing child lit­er­acy lev­els.

Hands Across the Sea wishes to thank its Saint Lucia part­ner in child lit­er­acy, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, for its sup­port of this en­deav­our.

It also sin­cerely thanks the gen­er­ous fun­ders who showed that they be­lieve in the power of read­ing and lit­er­acy, and in giv­ing ev­ery child in Saint Lucia ac­cess to top-qual­ity, ex­cit­ing, rel­e­vant books.

Supporters and their adopted schools in­clude: Sco­tia­bank Bright Fu­ture (La Croix Main­got Com­bined School); LIME (Choiseul Sec­ondary School); Fast­Cash (Soufriere Pri­mary School); Jade Moun­tain and Anse Chas­tanet (Del­cer RC Com­bined School) and Sugar Beach Re­sort (Bou­ton RC Com­bined School).

Hands Across the Sea also salutes the world-class pub­lish­ers in­cluded in its 20152016 Hands Wish Lists ship­ment to Saint Lucia: Abrams-Amulet, An­nick Press, Bam­boo Talk Press, Cam­panita Books, Cap­stone Pub­lish­ers, Caribbean Reads, DK Pub­lish­ing, Ha­chette Book Group, Hey­Day, High In­ter­est Pub­lish­ing, High­lights, Lee & Low Books, Macmil­lan Ed­u­ca­tion, Pa­pi­lotte Press, Pear­son Ed­u­ca­tion, Pen­guin Books, Ran­dom House, Rosen Pub­lish­ing, Rosetta Press, Scholas­tic, Tiny Is­land Press, Townsend Press, and World Book.

A stu­dent car­ries some of the books that have ar­rived at the Soufriere Pri­mary


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