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Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS)
  Raising the Literacy Level of Caribbean Children by Assisting
Schools and Libraries in Caribbean Communities

How can a young person reach a better future when his or her school has no reading books, their village has no library, and his or her parents have no books at home? Despite the polished image as exotic tourist destinations, the West Indies islands of Anguilla, Antigua,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are economically under-developed and lacking in education resources. Schools are sparsely funded by their governments, and funds must be raised for most classroom resources. Reading books for children and young adults are expensive — unaffordable for most parents — in the islands, and as a result literacy levels suffer. Many adults in these islands do not read above a grade 6 level; until recently, attendance in high school was not mandatory and the economies supported agricultural, fishing, and tourism jobs. All three of those sectors have suffered in recent years, making education beyond the 6th grade level extremely important. Within the past few years, secondary education has become compulsory across the Eastern Caribbean. Keeping students in school is a positive step, but many enter 7th grade with 2nd or 3rd grade reading levels. Here's the CLASS program's three-step approach for tackling low literacy levels in the Caribbean.

1.   Send Great Books
We've seen firsthand that the "donation dumping" practice commonly used by charities that send throwaway books — library discards, worn-out, outdated, or
inappropriate books — to Caribbean children is not only counterproductive but harmful. Hands Across the Sea purchases only new or near-new books from education publishers Scholastic, Dorling-Kindersley, and Nelson Thornes, and Caribbean-niche imprints such as Macmillan Caribbean and Campanita Books. Not only do kids respond to new, well-written and well-illustrated books with contemporary subject matter, the effect of "seeing themselves" in the books is particularly powerful for young readers. All the titles sent are selected in collaboration with the school principals, teachers, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers via each year's Hands Wish Lists.

2.   Create Borrowing Libraries
Great books alone are not enough to create a life-long love of reading. Hands Across the Sea works only with schools and community libraries and reading programs whose staff are truly committed
to improving literacy, and can draw on support from literacy coordinators and remedial reading teachers. The best way to make reading a part of children's lives is to create sustainable, high-functioning borrowing libraries, usually a school library. Doing so takes dedication and resources, along with substantial buy-in from school staff, parents, and members of the local community. Together with U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in the region, we are developing guides for creating vibrant borrowing libraries in schools, often where no library existed before — in the school or the community.

3.   Foster Sustainability
Trained librarians are in short supply throughout the Eastern Caribbean. School libraries are sustained
with the help of student librarians, dedicated teachers, government-funded youth employment scheme workers, English department heads, PTA members and community volunteers. To make sure that the books and teaching supplies are being fully utilized, Hands Across the Sea visits recipient schools and projects. The visits give Hands staff the opportunity to track sustainability, help schools overcome management obstacles, train staff, suggest improvements and share best practices within each country and across the region. Many "stalled" projects have been reignited when principals can see and learn about what their peers have accomplished.

Our Metrics and How We Operate
Since 2007 the CLASS program has sent 291 aid shipments — a total of 141,000 books and 220 boxes of teaching resources — to 175 schools,
libraries, community reading programs, and youth centers in seven English-speaking Eastern Caribbean countries, reaching over over 55,000 pre-school- to high-school-age children. Hands purchases new books from education publishers Scholastic and Dorling-Kindersley, and Caribbean-niche publishers Caribbean Macmillan, LMH Publishing, and Campanita Books. Hands also purchases "near new" children's books at Friends of the Library sales throughout New England. The books are sorted and packed by volunteers in the donated warehouse space of Hands corporate partner Harte-Hanks in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and shipped via two other generous Hands corporate partners, AIT Worldwide and Tropical Shipping, to school principals in the Caribbean. Working directly with local teachers, school principals, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers, local NGOs and community leaders, Hands Across the Sea is helping to promote literacy, classrooms that are more conducive to learning, and the opportunity to explore art in under-resourced Caribbean villages — which often lie just over the fence from four-star hotels and resorts.


2013 / 2014 School Year
Sent 21,650 books, 28 boxes of resources, and 14 large metal bookshelves/cabinets to the following 100 schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers (approximately 23,930 children):
ANTIGUA   (5,710 children; 3,300 books; 1 set of metal library shelves)
• All Saints Secondary School (300 books)
• Antigua Girls High School (75 books)
• Cedar Grove Primary School (75 books)
• Clare Hall Secondary School (150 books)
• Five Islands Primary School (150 books)
• Irene B. Williams Secondary School (150 books)
• Jennings Secondary School (525 books)
• Kids Unlimited Primary School (150 books)
• Mary E. Piggott Primary School (300 books)
• New Winthorpes Primary School (150 books)
• Old Road Primary School (300 books)
• Ottos Comprehensive Secondary School (150 books)
• Project Hope (75 books)
• St. John's Catholic Primary School (225 books)

• St. John's Lutheran School (150 books)
• Villa Primary School (225 books)
• Willikies Primary School (150 books)

DOMINICA   (4,270 children; 4,000 books; 13 boxes of teaching resources)
• Achievement Learning Center (2 boxes of teaching resources)
• Calibishie Primary School (375 books)
• Castle Bruce Secondary School (400 books)
• Coulibistrie Primary School (150 books)
• Delices Primary School (225 books)
• Feed My Sheep (150 books)
• Goodwill Secondary School (225 books)
• Isaiah Thomas Secondary (225 books)
• Northeast Comprehensive Secondary School (75 books)
• Paix Bouche Primary School (3 boxes of teaching resources)
• Penville Primary School (225 books)
• Petite Savanne Primary School (150 books)
• Pioneer Preparatory School (75 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Roseau Primary School (375 books)
• St. John's Academy (225 books)
• St. John's RC Primary (150 books)
• St. Martin's Secondary (525 books)
• Temple SDA School (150 books)
• Tete Morne Primary School (150 books)
• Woodford Hill Primary School (150 books; 7 boxes of art supplies)

GRENADA   (4,393 children; 3,150 books; 4 boxes of teaching resources)
• Anglican High School (375 books)
• Bonaire Government School (225 books)
• Corinth Government School (450 books; 4 boxes of teaching resources)
• Crochu Primary School (150 books)
• Grenville Secondary School (225 books)
• J. W. Fletcher Secondary (300 books)
• River Salee Government School (75 books)
• St. Andrew's Anglican Secondary School (525 books)
• St. Dominics RC Primary School (225 books)
• St. Joseph's Convent Grenville (300 books)
• Victoria School for Special Education (75 books)
• Wesley College (225 books)

ST. KITTS and NEVIS   (5,090 children; 3,600 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Beach Allen Primary School (75 books)
• Charles E. Mills Secondary School (300 books)
• Charlestown Primary School (150 books)
• Charlestown Secondary School (300 books)
• Dr. William Connor Primary School (225 books)
• Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School (150 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Gingerland Secondary School (300 books)
• Newton Ground Primary School (225 books)
• Sandy Point Primary School (225 books)
• St. Jame's Primary School (225 books)
• St. Paul's Primary School (225 books)
• Tyrell Williams Primary School (225 books)
• Verchilds High School (525 books)
• Washington Archibald High School (375 books)

ST. LUCIA   (5,330 children; 3,670 books; metal cabinets and shelving)
• Babonneau Secondary School (375 books; 4 large metal cabinets for books)
• Balata Primary School (270 books)
• Belle Vue Combined School (175 books; metal shelving; 2 boxes of teaching resources)
• Bonne Terre Preparatory School (225 books)
• Dennery Primary School (225 books)
• Laborie RC Girls School (225 books)
• La Ressource Combined School (225 books)
• Micoud Secondary School (300 books)
• Richfond Combined School (225 books)
• St. Aloysius RC Primary School (150 books)
• Soufriere Primary School (225 books)
• Soufriere Secondary School (digital projector, laptop, and projector screen)
• Tapion School (150 books)
• Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (Campus B) (525 books)
• Vieux Fort Primary School (225 books)
• Vieux Fort Public Library (225 books)

ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES   (3,930 children; 3,450 books)
• Barrouallie Government School (300 books)
• Buccament Bay Secondary School (525 books)
• Cane End Government School (225 books)
• C. W. Prescod Primary School (150 books)
• Diamond Government School (150 books)
• Fancy Government School (150 books)
• Diamond Government School (299 books)
• J. P. Eustace Memorial Secondary School (300 books)
• Mammy Joy's Reading Club (150 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Mary Hutchinson Primary School (150 books; 1 dozen plastic book containers)
• Ministry of Education (75 books)
• Sandy Bay Primary School (225 books)
• St. Clair Dacon Secondary School (375 books)
• Stephanie Browne Primary School (150 books)
• Troumaca Ontario Secondary School (225 books)
• West St. George Secondary School (300 books)


2012 / 2013 School Year
Sent 18,362 books and 94 boxes of resources to the following 68 schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers (approximately 13,038 students):
ANTIGUA   (1,617 students; 2,899 books)
• Bolans Primary School (627 books)
• Clare Hall Secondary School (478 books)
• Irene B. Williams Secondary School (140 books)
• Kids Unlimited Primary School (431 books)
• New Winthorpe Primary School (414 books)
• St. John's Lutheran Primary School (452 books)
• St. Mary's Secondary School (357 books)

DOMINICA   (3,332 students; 5,781 books)
• Achievement Learning Center (116 books)
• Bagatelle Primary School (144 books)
• CALLS Centre (3 books)
• Campbell Primary School (679 books)
• Castle Bruce Primary School (491 books)
• Clifton Primary School (75 books)
• Delices Primary School (94 books)
• Goodwill Primary School (48 books)
• Grand Fond Primary School (140 books)
• Isaiah Thomas Secondary (185 books)
• Isulukati Special Education and Pre-School (218 books; 2 boxes of teaching resources)
• Jones Beaupierre Primary School (144 books)
• Laudat Primary School (83 books)
• Morne Jaune Primary School (140 books; 54 boxes of teaching resources)
• Newtown Juvenile Futbol Academy (digital projector and screen)
• Northeast Comprehensive Secondary School (470 books)
• Paix Bouche Primary School (112 books; 3 boxes of teaching resources)
• Penville Primary School (371 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Petite Savanne Primary School (121 books)
• Pichelin Primary School (142 books)
• Roseau Primary School (46 books)
• Roseau Public Library (179 books)
• Salisbury Primary School (388 books)
• Tete Morne Primary School (546 books)
• Woodford Hill Primary School (479 books)
• Wotten Waven Primary School (367 books)

GRENADA   (2,436 students; 1,962 books)
• Corinth Government School (7 boxes of teaching resources)
• Crochu Primary School (193 books)
• Grenville Secondary School (174 books)
• Hope Pals (2 boxes of teaching resources)
• L'Esterre Primary School (515 books; 3 boxes of teaching resources)
• MacDonald College (471 books)
• Mt. Airy Reading Programme (75 books)
• Nation Builders (98 books)
• Programme for Adolescent Mothers (133 books; 2 boxes of toys; supply of toner)
• Roving Caregivers (68 books; 2 boxes of teaching resources)
• St. Joseph's RC Primary School (310 books)

ST. KITTS   (1,116 students; 931 books)
• Basseterre High School (187 books)
• Irish Town Primary School (273 books)
• Saddlers Secondary School (471 books)

ST. LUCIA   (2,927 students; 3,670 books)
• Banse La Grace Combined School (484 books; 1 box of educational games)
• Belle Vue Combined School (497 books)
• Bonne Terre Preparatory School (256 books)
• Dennery Primary School (456 books; 1 box of educational games)
• Grande Riviere Primary School (407 books)
• Gros Islet Secondary School (471 books)
• Kiddy's Homey Day Care (87 books; 2 boxes of toys)
• Kids Step Day Care (87 books; 2 boxes of toys)
• Montessori School (249 books)
• Soufriere Secondary School (1 multifunction printer)
• Vieux Fort Public Library (286 books)
• Vieux Fort Special Education (5 boxes of teaching resources)
• Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (Campus A) (390 books)

ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES   (1,610 students; 3,119 books)
• Barrouallie Government School (581 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Buccament Government School (355 books)
• Cane End Government School (550 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Diamond Government School (299 books)
• Kingstown Government School (412 books)
• Marriaqua Public Library (172 books)
• Petit Bordel Secondary School (470 books)
• St. Vincent National Library (100 books)



2011 / 2012 School Year
Sent 18,362 books and 94 boxes of resources to the following 68 schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers (approximately 13,038 students):
ANTIGUA   (1,617 students; 2,899 books)
• Bolans Primary School (627 books)
• Clare Hall Secondary School (478 books)
• Irene B. Williams Secondary School (140 books)
• Kids Unlimited Primary School (431 books)
• New Winthorpe Primary School (414 books)
• St. John's Lutheran Primary School (452 books)
• St. Mary's Secondary School (357 books)

DOMINICA   (3,332 students; 5,781 books)
• Achievement Learning Center (116 books)
• Bagatelle Primary School (144 books)
• CALLS Centre (3 books)
• Campbell Primary School (679 books)
• Castle Bruce Primary School (491 books)
• Clifton Primary School (75 books)
• Delices Primary School (94 books)
• Goodwill Primary School (48 books)
• Grand Fond Primary School (140 books)
• Isaiah Thomas Secondary (185 books)
• Isulukati Special Education and Pre-School (218 books; 2 boxes of teaching resources)
• Jones Beaupierre Primary School (144 books)
• Laudat Primary School (83 books)
• Morne Jaune Primary School (140 books; 54 boxes of teaching resources)
• Newtown Juvenile Futbol Academy (digital projector and screen)
• Northeast Comprehensive Secondary School (470 books)
• Paix Bouche Primary School (112 books; 3 boxes of teaching resources)
• Penville Primary School (371 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Petite Savanne Primary School (121 books)
• Pichelin Primary School (142 books)
• Roseau Primary School (46 books)
• Roseau Public Library (179 books)
• Salisbury Primary School (388 books)
• Tete Morne Primary School (546 books)
• Woodford Hill Primary School (479 books)
• Wotten Waven Primary School (367 books)

GRENADA   (2,436 students; 1,962 books)
• Corinth Government School (7 boxes of teaching resources)
• Crochu Primary School (193 books)
• Grenville Secondary School (174 books)
• Hope Pals (2 boxes of teaching resources)
• L'Esterre Primary School (515 books; 3 boxes of teaching resources)
• MacDonald College (471 books)
• Mt. Airy Reading Programme (75 books)
• Nation Builders (98 books)
• Programme for Adolescent Mothers (133 books; 2 boxes of toys; supply of toner)
• Roving Caregivers (68 books; 2 boxes of teaching resources)
• St. Joseph's RC Primary School (310 books)

ST. KITTS   (1,116 students; 931 books)
• Basseterre High School (187 books)
• Irish Town Primary School (273 books)
• Saddlers Secondary School (471 books)

ST. LUCIA   (2,927 students; 3,670 books)
• Banse La Grace Combined School (484 books; 1 box of educational games)
• Belle Vue Combined School (497 books)
• Bonne Terre Preparatory School (256 books)
• Dennery Primary School (456 books; 1 box of educational games)
• Grande Riviere Primary School (407 books)
• Gros Islet Secondary School (471 books)
• Kiddy's Homey Day Care (87 books; 2 boxes of toys)
• Kids Step Day Care (87 books; 2 boxes of toys)
• Montessori School (249 books)
• Soufriere Secondary School (1 multifunction printer)
• Vieux Fort Public Library (286 books)
• Vieux Fort Special Education (5 boxes of teaching resources)
• Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (Campus A) (390 books)

ST. VINCENT and the GRENADINES   (1,610 students; 3,119 books)
• Barrouallie Government School (581 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Buccament Government School (355 books)
• Cane End Government School (550 books; 1 box of teaching resources)
• Diamond Government School (299 books)
• Kingstown Government School (412 books)
• Marriaqua Public Library (172 books)
• Petit Bordel Secondary School (470 books)
• St. Vincent National Library (100 books)




2010 / 2011 School Year
Sent 51,470 books and 95 boxes of resources to the following 100 schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers (approximately 17,000 students in 7 countries):
ANGUILLA
• Blowing Point Youth Centre (100 books)
• Little Dix / Stony Ground Community Centre (400 books)
• Orealia Kelly Primary School (150 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• 
The Valley Primary School (250 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)

ANTIGUA
• Bolans Primary School (800 books)
• Cedar Grove Primary School (800 books)
• Environmental Awareness Group (100 books and 4 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Liberta Primary School (100 books)
• St. Mary's Secondary School (800 books)
• The Student Support Centre (150 books)
• Villla Primary School (1,100 books)
• Willikies Primary School (800 books)

DOMINICA
• Bagatelle Primary School (500 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Beau Bois Pre School (100 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Calabishie Primary School (400 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• CALLS Centre (400 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Castle Bruce Primary School (700 books)
• Castle Bruce Secondary School (1,200 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Clifton Primary School (600 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Cottage Pre School (150 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Delices Primary School (400 books)
• Dominica Community High School (700 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Dominica Youth Business Trust (20 books and office supplies)
• Giruadel Primary School (250 books)
• Grand Fond Primary School (300 books)
• Isaiah Thomas Secondary School (900 books)
• Jones Beaupierre Primary School (300 books)
• Mahaut Primary School (400 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Morne Jaune Primary School (600 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Pennville Primary School (600 books)
• Petit Savanne Primary School (300 books)
• Pichelin Primary School (300 books)
• Portsmouth Secondary School (1,000 books)
• Roving Caregivers Programme (150 books)
• Salisbury Primary School (600 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Sheba Pre School (100 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• St. Luke's Primary School (20 books for a Guided Reading programme)
• Willis Strathmore Stevens Primary School (800 books)

GRENADA
• Bonaire Government School (800 books)
• Corinth Government School (700 books and 5 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Grenville Secondary School (1,200 books)
• MacDonald College (800 books)
• Mt. Airy Reading Programme (500 books)
• Roving Caregivers Programme (150 books)
• Special Education Teacher Training Unit (cash grant for teacher-training materials)
• St. Joseph's RC Morne Jaloux School (800 books)
• Sunnyside School (650 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)

ST. KITTS and NEVIS
• Bellevue Primary School (Nevis)(700 books)
• Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (St. Kitts)(500 books)
• Dr. William Connor Primary School (St. Kitts)(800 books)
• Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School (Nevis)(600 books)
• Gingerland Secondary School (Nevis)(900 books)
• Irish Town Primary School (St. Kitts)(800 books)
• Tyrell Williams Primary School (St. Kitts)(400 books)

ST. LUCIA
• Anse-La-Ray Primary School (900 books)
• Babboneau Primary School (1,000 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Bonne Terre Preparatory School (900 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Canaries Public Library (50 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Cannon Laurie Anglican Primary School (900 books)
• Children's Literacy Action Programme (600 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Court Diversion Programme (400 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Fond Assau Primary School (200 books)
• La Croix Maingot Combined School (1,200 books)
• La Guerre Primary School (700 books)
• La Ressource Combined School (500 books)
• Piaye Combined School (1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Richfond Combined School (400 books)
• Roblot Public Library (300 books)
• Soufriere Infant School (1,300 books)
• Soufriere Primary School (1,000 books)
• Vieux Fort Infant School (700 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Vieux Fort Public Library (300 books)
• Wilton's Yard Association After-School Program (600 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
• Bequia Reading Group (200 books)
• Bethel Pre School (1 box of books and teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Brighton Reading Group (200 books)
• Buccament Bay Secondary School (1,000 books)
• Buccament Government School (800 books)
• Cane End Government School (700 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Central Leeward Secondary School (1,200 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Chateaubelair Methodist Primary School (5 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Chateaubelair Red Cross Pre School (1 box of books and teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Diamond Government School (700 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Emmanuel High School (600 books)
• Fitz-Hughes Pre School (1 box of books and teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• George Stephens Secondary School (600 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Golden Grove Pre School (1 box of books and teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Grieggs Primary School (400 books)
• Kearton's United Community Organization (500 books)
• Kingstown Anglican School Annexe (10 Scholastic Big Books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Kingstown Government School (800 books and 3 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Mammy Joy's Reading Group (300 books and 1 box teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Marriaqua Government School (600 books)
• Mary Hutchinson Primary School (700 books and 2 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• National Council of Women (180 books)
• Owia Government School (800 books and 4 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Spring Village Methodist School (800 books and 5 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• St. Clair Dacon Secondary School (200 books)
• Stephanie Browne Primary School (200 books and 5 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• West St. George Secondary School (400 books and 4 boxes teaching resources/classroom supplies)



2009 / 2010 School Year
Hands sent books and resources to the following 49 schools (approximately 10,000 students
in 7 countries and 8 islands) and 8 community libraries/reading programs/literacy specialists/local NGOs:

ANGUILLA
• Little Dix Community Centre (600 books)
• Orealia Kelly Primary School (300 books)
• The Valley Primary School (300 books)

ANTIGUA
• Liberta Junior Secondary School (2,800 books)
• Villa Primary School (200 books)
• St. Mary's Secondary School (100 books and funds to paint the library)

DOMINICA
• Canefield Pre-School (100 books and 4 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Delices Primary (2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Petit Savanne Primary (2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Grand Bay Primary (1,100 books and 4 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Isaiah Thomas Secondary (1,400 books)
• Laudat Primary (1 box of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Mahaut River Pre-school (300 books and 1 box of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Morne Jaune Primary (200 books)
• Morne Prosper Primary (600 books and 2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Roseau Primary (100 books)
• Trafalgar Primary (600 books and 4 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• San Sauveur Primary (600 books and 2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Savanne Paille Primary (700 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Jinja Pre-school (4 new classroom tables)

• Veda George, Pre-School Education Officer (300 books)

• Shermaine Bardouille, Ministry of Education Literacy Specialist (1 box of resources for literacy and language learning)
• St. Joseph SDA (200 books)
• St. John's Portsmouth (200 books)
• Roseau Public Library (350 books)
• Irie Eco Children's Program (cash grant)

GRENADA
• Program for Adolescent Mothers (1,000 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Roving Caregivers Program (600 books)
• Corinth Government Primary (1,100 books)
• St. Dominic's RC Primary (600 books)
• 
Mt. Airy Young Readers (200 books)
• Hillsborough Government School (200 books)
• 
Hillsborough Secondary (100 books)
• 
Mt. Pleasant School (200 books)
• 
Dover Government School (200 books)

NEVIS
• Gingerland Public Library (1,500 books)
• Charlestown Public Library (1,500 books)

ST. LUCIA
• Balata Primary (800 books)
• Dennery Primary (700 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Fond Assau Primary (800 books)
• Reunion Primary (1,500 books)
• St. Lucia's Council of Persons with Disabilities (5 requested titles)
• Soufriere Secondary (1,500 books)
• Soufriere Public Library (1,500 books and 8 sets of metal library shelving)
• Richfond Combined School (3,000 books and 2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies) • Piaye Combined School (1,500 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• St. Aloysius RC Boys Primary (700 books)

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
• Stephanie Browne Primary, Union Island (700 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Union Island High School, (1,100 books)
• Georgetown Secondary (1,000 books)
• Chateaubelair Methodist Primary School (1,300 books and 3 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• JEMS Progressive Community Organization (300 books)
• St. Clair Dacon Secondary (300 books)
• Fitz-Hughes Primary (5 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Kingstown Anglican (200 books and 2 boxes of teaching resources/classroom supplies)
• Buccament Bay Secondary (1,500 books)
• George Stephens Secondary (1,000 books)
• 
Pamelus Burke Primary (1,000 books)

Partnering / Working with:
• Over 30 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers stationed in the Eastern Caribbean who have requested help in the form of books and school supplies
• The Sandals Foundation, Open Books Open Minds, and local churches and community groups in the Eastern Caribbean and the U.S
• Harte-Hanks and AIT Worldwide, generous logistics partners
Boaters for Books to ship books to our adopted schools
• The Lions Club of Roseau, Dominica, which helps identify schools and handles Dominica logistics
• Ann-Wallis White, a charter yacht broker who has been delivering books to Antigua and St. Vincent on yachts sailing from Newport and Annapolis since 1974
• Scholastic Literacy Partners



2008 / 2009 School Year
Served the following 13 schools (3,100 students in 3 countries on 3 islands) and community-based recipients:
1. Nevis Special Education School, Nevis (30 students)
2. St. John's Primary, Nevis (250 students)
3. Jocelyn Liburd Primary, Nevis (250 students)
4. Tyrell Williams School, St. Kitts (250 students)
5. Newtown Primary, Dominica (250 students)
6. Jinja Pre-school, Dominica (30 students)
7. Canefield Pre-school, Dominica (30 students)
8. Goodwill Primary, Dominica (650 students)
9. Roseau Primary, Dominica (250 students)
10. Isaiah Thomas Secondary, Dominica (550 students)
11. Stephanie Browne Primary, Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (250 students)
12. Union Island High School, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (250 students)
13. Irie-Eco International Children's Camp, Dominica (50 children)

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Arranged for transport of 120 boxes (about 10,000 books) of used children's books through partner organization, Boaters for Books.
• Shipped 32 boxes of teachers' and school resources

Provided resources and teacher workshop materials to Shermaine Bardouille, a reading support advisor who supports 35 teachers on Dominica
• Built four "reading corners" at Roseau and Newtown Primary Schools with the help of the Thompson family on Tenaya, who helped us for the second year in a row
• Mentored a first-grade teacher (under the leadership of Educational Consultant Chris Lawrence) at Newtown Primary on ways to use The Very Hungry Caterpillar in her classroom
• Refurbished an unused classroom and created a new lunch room at Roseau Primary School with the help of two cruising families, the Van Alstines and the Springs
• Created a Literacy Centre at Isaiah Thomas Secondary School: painted the room with the help of the Wilsons, a cruising family; built 13 bookcases in two semicircles with display shelving; filled shelves with donated books; and presented the center to the school in a handing-over ceremony attended by the local MP




2007 / 2008 School Year
Served 3 schools (530 students in 3 countries on 3 islands):
 Arranged for transport of 25 boxes of used children's books to three schools on Nevis, Dominica, and Union Island through partner organization Boaters for Books
• Shipped 10 boxes of teachers' and school resources to three schools
Built 12 bookcases, one for each classroom at Newtown Primary School Roseau, Dominica (250 students)
Provided seed funding for a playground at Goodwill Primary School, a school with 650 students in Dominica
Donated funds to a sea turtle conservation organization to support beach patrols during nesting season
• Hosted Katy Linskey, a 4th year medical student, on board our sailboat Hands Across the Sea to perform 2.5 weeks of volunteer work at the Roseau Primary Care Clinic in Dominica
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Received hands-on project assistance from other cruisers: Bob and Betsy on Belair; Jim and Katie on Tenaya; the Ellsay family on Stray Kitty; the Lewis family on Cream



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