GBSS launches new Lending Library

The Grenada Boys Secondary School now has a brand new lending library that is stocked and ready for reading, thanks to Scotiabank and the Hands Across the Sea literacy project.

ScotiaWith Scotiabank’s funding and Hands’ coordination, the school received over 300 fiction and non-fiction books to get their library started and students at the school were eager to make use of it.

Immediately following the presentation, students were given the opportunity to preview the books.

Buzzing crowds quickly gathered around the more popular fiction books, including those from the Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series as the boys assessed which books they would borrow first.

This is the second school in Grenada in the last three years to benefit from the partnership between Scotiabank and Hands Across the Sea, with Bonair Government School being the first.

During this time, over 1000 books have been donated by Scotiabank.

The partnership was created in July 2013 when Scotiabank gave a three year, USD $45,000 grant to the American based nongovernmental organisation which supports children’s literacy and educational development throughout the Eastern Caribbean.

Through Scotiabank’s sponsorship, 7,820 new books have been donated to over 8,800 children at 24 schools in Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Scotiabank country manager Roger Archer stated that the bank was delighted to have been able to assist in the setting up of the school’s library.

“Encouraging a love of reading in young people is something that will benefit them for their entire life so we’re really pleased to support Hands Across the Sea in the great work they have been doing in our schools”, he said.

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