Hands Across the Sea and LIME Sup­port Child Lit­er­acy in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

LIME has teamed up with the Amer­i­can NGO Hands Across the Sea to sup­port child lit­er­acy in Saint Lu­cia by es­tab­lish­ing a lend­ing li­brary of new, top-qual­ity fic­tion, non­fic­tion, and ref­er­ence books for the 200 stu­dents of Choiseul Sec­ondary School. LIME pro­vided a cash con­tri­bu­tion to as­sist with the pur­chase of the books for the school.

Hands Across the Sea is ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing, re­fur­bish­ing and re­ju­ve­nat­ing school li­braries through­out the East­ern Caribbean.

“We salute LIME St. Lu­cia and their gen­er­ous sup­port of Hands Across the Sea’s CLASS (Caribbean Lit­er­acy and School Sup­port) Pro­gram in Saint Lu­cia,” said Har­riet Linskey, Co-Founder and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the child lit­er­acy or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Our part­ner­ship with LIME St. Lu­cia is tightly fo­cused on rais­ing child lit­er­acy lev­els - the skills of read­ing, writ­ing, an­a­lyt­i­cal think­ing, and much more - that form the cru­cial foun­da­tion of ev­ery child’s ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment.

“We be­lieve that LIME’s in­vest­ment in child lit­er­acy, by fund­ing new, tar­geted read­ing and ref­er­ence books for Choiseul Sec­ondary and on­go­ing men­tor­ing of the li­brary by Jac­que­line Vi­dal-Atherly, the Hands Lit­er­acy Link for Saint Lu­cia, will ben­e­fit the stu­dents and the is­land greatly,” Ms Linskey added.

Since 2010 Hands Across the Sea has cre­ated or re­ju­ve­nated lend­ing li­braries at 63 schools and read­ing groups across Saint Lu­cia, and has sent 44,730 new, top-qual­ity books re­quested by ed­u­ca­tors, serv­ing 17,230 chil­dren.

LIME Com­mer­cial Lead, Ch­eryl Fran­cis, com­mended Hands Across the Sea for de­vel­op­ing the book dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram, adding that it was help­ing to change lives.

“We want to com­mend Hands Across the Sea for the great work they have been do­ing. This is a phe­nom­e­nal ini­tia­tive that will help to en­sure our chil­dren grow up read­ing. LIME is im­mensely proud to be as­so­ci­ated with the pro­ject. The abil­ity to read is fun­da­men­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of a na­tion. There’s a huge need and a huge op­por­tu­nity to get ev­ery child in Saint Lu­cia con­nected with great books, and to help them de­velop a love for read­ing,” Ms Fran­cis added.

Of­fi­cial han­dover of books to the Choiseul Sec­ondary School.

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