Bonair Government and SAASS – Hands Across the Sea awardees

The Bonair Government School received the literacy award and the St Andrew Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) some $2,700.00 worth of new books as part of Hands Across the Sea initiative.

The literacy award takes the form of US $1000.00 for the purchase of books for the school by Hands Across the Sea.

The presentations was made at the National Museum on Wednesday.

Hands Across the Sea is an American NGO that is dedicated to creating, refurbishing and rejuvenating school Libraries throughout the Eastern Caribbean.

Co-Founder of Hands Across the Sea, Harriet Linskey said the NGO does this by sending great books, creating libraries and fostering sustainability by providing on-going support and mentoring.

“Across the Eastern Caribbean, we ship about 145,000 books to 2015 Pre-School, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools supporting reading programmes and after school programmes serving about 88,000 children,” Linskey.

In Grenada, 28 schools are engaging with Hands Across the Sea and with 5300 children getting benefits.

Linskey disclosed that the organisation is working with 15 different publishers and the books that are being shipped are brand new.

“We have books where children can see themselves in the literature. We make sure especially in Grenada that we ship books by Richardo Keens-Douglas because we know that he is a local hero here,” she said.

Principal of the Bonair Government School, Terry Francis stated that the school is very happy to receive this award as much emphasis has been placed on reading and writing.

“We believe this is the foundation if any institution has to grow and develop,” Francis said.

“For each academic year we will sit down at the beginning of the year and plan what we as a school tend to focus on for the year”, he added.

Representing the US embassy at the ceremony was Charge d’Affaires, Louis Chrishock and he said literacy is the key to everything in life.

“Reading will open up worlds for you, that otherwise would be closed. I like to say that a book is like a ticket to a different place, sometimes a different time and a library card or reading privileges are like a passport that can take you to all those wonderful places,” Chrishock told the ceremony.

The American envoy noted that once the children keep on the current path they will continue along the road to becoming life long readers.


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