||If you build it...they will read!
Thanks to your donations, Hands built a Literacy Center for
a 600-student high school!
Remember that 1989 baseball movie, Field
of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner? In the story, a man follows
his (some would say crazy) dream and builds a baseball diamond
in his Iowa cornfield...and sure enough, he sparks some epic
baseball action. The analogy can be applied to Mr. Jerome Bardouille,
the principal of Isaiah Thomas Secondary School on the island
Dominica. Bardouille's vision was to create
a "literacy center" in his high school a school
whose students have suffered from a lack of infrastructure and
resources for many years that has led to a precipitous drop
in reading skills. When Hands Across the Sea heard about Mr.
Bardouille's dream, we pitched in to help all made possible,
of course, by the cash contributions and donations of "gently
used" books by generous Hands supporters as part of our
Literacy and School Support (CLASS) program.
TL and the principal of Isiah Thomas Secondary School,
Mr. Jerome Bardouille
Much of the impact of Hands literacy
projects, such as getting needed classroom resources to teachers
and books to students, is incremental, measureable only in the
long run. But the instant success of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary
School Literacy Center has been exciting (to see all the photos,
please click here: Hands Photo
Album 4). To hear the "oohs" and "aahs"
from the first group of students to visit the center
along with the
occasional shriek as a student found a
book they've been dying to read has been as gratifying
for Hands as it is for the principal and staff of the school.
On Dominica, as throughout the Caribbean, books are breathtakingly
expensive two to three times more costly than the same
titles in the States if they are available at all. Many
families have little or no money to buy books of their own,
and many communities lack a library, so the only place young
students can read is in school. The ITSS Literary Center will
be playing a key role in improving reading skills for many,
many years to come.
The titles in the ITSS Literacy Center range from The
Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to Maya Angelou
to National Geographic books on the universe
We owe a huge "thank you"
to our partners, Tropical
for Books, AIT
for their awesome logistical assistance, and to you,
our generous Hands contributors. Your support means that the
young people at Isaiah Thomas Secondary School are getting the
chance to reach their full potential as students during this
crucial stage in their education. Thank you for supporting Hands
Across the Sea and our non-profit work! T.L.
ways you can work with Hands...
how to donate
Cash donations can be made through a
check made out to "Hands Across the Sea, Inc." and
mailed to Hands Across the Sea, Inc., 651 Orchard Street,
Suite 203, New Bedford, MA 02744.
Or you can donate via the secure PayPal interface on the Donate
to Hands page. If you have a specific school or project
you'd like to "adopt," please tell us in the Comments
section of the PayPal interface or on your check. You'll help
us fulfill the specific Wish Lists
of our recipients.
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