This is the difference you made in 2018: Child literacy blossoming in the Caribbean in a thousand ways. Thanks to your loyal and generous support, we've been able to empower school principals and teachers with new amazing books, literacy resources, and methodology.
Since our start in 2007, our CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) Program
has sent 464,162 new amazing books to 401 schools, community libraries, and reading programs in the Eastern Caribbean. For the 2018-2019 Hands Wish Lists
shipment we shipped 90,050 new amazing asked-for books from the world's leading education and children's book publishers
, 35 Remedial Reading Toolkits
, several tons of McGraw-Hill Education literacy materials, 12 “reading corner” floor mats, and two metal bookcases to 117 primary and secondary schools.
But raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children is about much more than new books—each primary school received the 179-page Teachers Resource Guide to the Library (Grades K-3)
, the Hands Library Manual for Primary School
, and the Hands Student Librarian Handbook
) Meanwhile our crew of on-island Hands Literacy Links
are at work monitoring, mentoring, conducting teacher workshops for the Teachers Resource Guide and the Remedial Reading Toolkit and helping to create and rejuvenate sustainable lending libraries in schools—often where no library existed before. From all of us at Hands, we thank you and wish you peace and joy this holiday season.