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Hands Across the Sea presents the 2015-2016 Hands Wish Lists of school principals, teachers, literacy coordinators, librarians, community leaders, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers in the Eastern Caribbean. We are asking you to support the children in their care through our Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) program. You can make a real difference by giving children access to books, reading, and lending libraries—because literacy is the gift that lasts a lifetime
Peek Inside a Wish Lists Shipment
What's in all those boxes we're sending to the Eastern Caribbean? Lots and lots of really great things!
Why It Works
Every summer, Hands asks educators at Hands Wish Lists projects for their "wish list" of books and resources. The Hands Wish Lists you'll find below represent highly effective, targeted assistance—our goal is never to "dump" unwanted, inappropriate material that students and teachers don't need. When you "adopt" all or part of a project your support will be fully utilized. Your gift will be raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children year after year.
How It Works
We ship books and literacy resources to the Eastern Caribbean once a year, in late September. Thanks to our relationship with the leading publishers of children's and education books, we enjoy access to a wide range of new, top-quality books and teaching resources. And thanks to our logistics angels, we are able to receive, sort, pack, and send a dedicated shipment to each Hands Wish Lists project in a highly cost-effective manner.
How to Adopt
To adopt all or part of a project when using our secure online donation interface, enter the project name in the "My Adopted Wish List Project" field, and include any wishes about directing your gift in the optional "Comments & Special Notes" field. To donate by check, please include a note specifying your adopted project. Mail your check to: Hands Across the Sea, P.O. Box 55071, Suite 85043, Boston, MA 02205. Thank you!
Don't worry: You don't have to adopt a Wish Lists project in order to support Caribbean children. If you choose not to specify where you want your donation to go, Hands will direct your gift to where it will do the most good.
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ANTIGUA
Bendal’s Primary School
120 students • Grades K to 6
Genevieve Gomes, Principal
Andrea Williams, Library Committee

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Bendal’s Primary School has an energetic, literacy-focused champion, Principal Genevieve Gomes, who is determined to make the most of the 2014-2015 shipment of books from Hands by creating a lending library. The students at this medium-size primary school feel the excitement of the rejuvenated library, too, and are thrilled to be able to borrow books that they have almost instantly fallen in love with—the Disney blockbuster Frozen is a big hit, as are (for the boys) the graphically exciting “fact books” about storms, electricity, volcanoes, insects, lightning—all the things that draw boys into reading. The school’s library committee, headed by Andrea Williams, is a vital element in the sustainability of the library; Josette Watkins, the school’s reading teacher, is fully onboard with the new lending library.

A local volunteer, Hilesha Humphreys, recruited by Suzanne Cartier Bowker, a Hands Board member and Antigua resident, enlisted her artistic friends to create a mural at the school (Bowker generously covered the cost of paint and supplies). The Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson, will be monitoring future developments and needs with the school library. The 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment (at 440 books, it can be considered a “starter set”) was our first-ever to Bendal’s Primary School; given the excitement and utilization of the books that we’ve observed, Hands should send another like-size shipment in 2015-2016 to round out their collection.
Bendal's Primary School Wish List
Board Books, Storybooks & Picture Books, Leveled Readers, Big Books, Chapter Books and Series Books, Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Books about Values and Morals, "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies, Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas), Dictionaries suitable for grades four to six, National Geographic Kids for K - 6, DK's Eye Wonder series (three class sets), Pepper Pig, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Frozen, Where the Lost Things Go, Anansi Goes Fishing, Into the Woods
ANTIGUA
Bethseda Primary School
30 students • Grades K to 6
Esther Dickensen, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: This small rural school has never been assisted by Hands. Their school library was badly damaged by Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014—many books were ruined. The library building has not been repaired, but another three-room building nearby will lend itself nicely to becoming the new library. This building shows no sign of water or termite damage, the floor could do with being tiled and the walls painted. There is no furniture, and while there are a few shelves on one of the walls, more shelving is needed. In the meantime, each class has a small library with well displayed books, and the teachers share the small collection of books they have. The Principal is excited at the prospect of an infusion of new books from Hands to create a working library. The Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson, notes, “Principal Dickenson shows passion and enthusiasm and I believe she will work well with Hands to improve the literacy of her students.”
Bethseda Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ANTIGUA
Boys Training School
13 children • Ages 13 to 17
Mrs. Hector, Principal

Galley Bay Resort & Spa adopted this project
Background from Hands: This is a well-regarded residential program (that's Mrs. Hector, the director of the school, in the photo) for at-risk boys and juvenile offenders. Students attend primary and secondary schools nearby. The Boys Training School has a library and a computer station within a converted windmill. The school needs reading books and resource books for homework and school assignments.
Boys Training School Wish List
Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas), High Interest, Low Reading Level Books, Books for Boys, Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living, Young Adult Fiction, CXC Exam Study Guides, Leveled Readers, Books for Boys, Young Adult Fiction
ANTIGUA
Cedar Grove Primary School
160 students • Grades K to 6
Angela James, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $1,800 goal
Background from Hands: The library at this medium-size school is bright and airy, the books are well presented, and the furniture is adequate. There is no “reading corner” with a rug or cushions, but on the whole the library is a stimulating space that benefits the children's literacy skills. Teachers bring their students to the library, but not consistently. Each class has student librarians who monitor the borrowing and returning of books. The Student Council would like the library to be used more often and more consistently. Principal James says that the services of a librarian (three days each week, four hours a day) would help with the library being used more effectively. During Education Week, the schools have a Literacy Day, where various literacy events take place. What is needed most is a stipend to pay for a librarian, most likely a local parent.
Cedar Grove Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals;“Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ANTIGUA
Five Islands Primary School
447 students • Grades K to 6
Hyacinth Gonsalves Barriero, Principal

Galley Bay Resort & Spa adopted this project
Background from Hands: Hands Across the Sea has been working with this large primary school for several years now, rejuvenating their library with a total of 517 new books as part of the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment. In that time, school staff have worked to remove the old, inappropriate “donation dumped” books from the shelves, and have brightened up the library space with jazzy new paint and a child-friendly arrangement of books on the shelves. It’s all worked: the children are excited about reading! The next step for this overcrowded school is a big new building (the government is taking care of that) and a “top up” of great new books from Hands.
Five Islands Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Books about Values and Morals; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Dr. Seuss, Sophie by Lara Bergen, The Babysitters Club, Junie B. Jones
ANTIGUA
Glanvilles Secondary School
111 students • Grades 7 to 11
Denise Mills, Principal
Ms. Adam, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This rural school's library is spacious and well laid out, with enough shelving for more books. The books are clearly labeled and inviting, with topical areas for project work. Furniture consists of desks and chairs and there is a reading corner with a rug. The borrowing system is a composition book (Librarian Adams would like a computerized checkout system, but the Wi-Fi connection is intermittent.) According to Lisa Tomlinson, the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, “The school makes good use of the 317 books already received as part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment. The library is well utilized but quite limited for a secondary school. It would benefit from a further donation of books.”
Glanvilles Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; “Fact Books” such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Caribbean Text Books; Cooking Books; Career Books; Caribbean Authors
ANTIGUA
Green Bay Primary School
298 students • Pre-School to Grade 6
Mr. Christopher Roberts, Principal
Ms. Kendra Thomas, Librarian

The Sandals Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands: This urban school on the outskirts of St. John’s, the capital of Antigua, already has an excellent library. The library is bright, airy, spacious, the books sorted by subjects, with fabulous artwork on the walls (courtesy of the students and a local artist), an inviting “reading corner” with a comfy rug and cushions, a committed volunteer who comes in daily to run the library and assist the children with their reading, and a small storeroom for books to be sorted. So what does the school need? Green Bay Primary is running a pilot program to create a pre-school in the school. The pre-school component is working well but needs more resources, particularly reading books and literacy games for Pre-School to Grade 2. Principal Roberts, recently returned from several years of study in Barbados, is enthusiastic and passionate about raising literacy levels. Green Bay is one of the most socially-deprived communities in Antigua and he believes that improving literacy is an excellent place to start. The Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson, notes, “The Principal is highly motivated and inspirational. I am confident that the pre-schoolers and early grades will benefit greatly by support from Hands.”
Green Bay Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Books for Boys; Books for Girls
ANTIGUA
Holy Trinity Primary School
229 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Harris, Principal
Jacklyn Beazer, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: Holy Trinity Primary School is located on beautiful, sparsely-populated Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua. The library at the school is well used: students visit the library every week and have a session with Librarian Beazer; they borrow books, and are sometimes asked to write book reports. The librarian is very energetic and enthusiastic—she does very good work at the school and the students benefit greatly from her positive attitude. The library is very inspirational and inviting, with lots of motivational slogans on the walls, a “books for boys” area, and other areas for different activities. The books are well displayed, there is great shelving, and all that is needed is a “top-up” of new books.
Holy Trinity Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Oxford Reading Tree, Scholastic levelled books; Scholastic 10 books series; Dr. Seuss; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Fancy Nancy; Judy Moody; Junie B. Jones; Little Golden Books; Mysterious Benedict Society; Bone (series) by Jeff Smith; Skippyjon Jones; World of Eric Carle; Lunch Lady; Babymouse Series Graphic Novels by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm; Books by Robert Munsch; Books by Audrey Woods

ANTIGUA
Irene B. Williams Secondary School
307 students • Grades 7 to 11
Vere Shaw, Principal
Charlene Weaver, Teacher/Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: This school was converted from an old primary school into a secondary school, and Principal Shaw, his staff, and librarian Charlene Weaver are committed and highly enthusiastic about helping these students succeed. Hands sent a selection of reference books and Caribbean study guides to update a library that was launched years ago by the Mill Reef Fund. The library space at Irene B. Williams Secondary is of adequate size and has plenty of shelving, and the staff are gradually renovating the room with new flooring, more tables and reading desks, and a supply of young adult fiction to entice secondary school readers—Hands looks forward to supporting this library and school staff again.
Irene B. Williams Secondary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; CXC Exam Study Guides
ANTIGUA
Jennings Primary School
200 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Denise Solomon, Principal

The Sandals Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands: Unsinkable energy and an abiding passion for books, reading, and literacy are two of the many things we look for in a school principal, and Denise Solomon (center, in photo) has both and more. Her school also has a ready-to-go library space—newly painted, with a tiled floor, proper lighting, and air-conditioning—that Solomon has converted from a teacher’s resource room. The school’s remedial reading teacher, Mrs. Denise Tong, will be setting up the library (color-coding the books by reading level, instituting a simple checkout system, cultivating student librarians) according to the methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools. The feeling at this school is as upbeat and positive as its leader, and we believe that new books sent to this school will be read, taken home, and treasured by the students.
Jennings Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers;Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ANTIGUA
Liberta Primary School
125 students • Grades K to 6
Pauleen Simon, Principal
Luanda Simon-Haywood, Reading Teacher/Librarian

The Stony Point Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands: This school library has come a long way in a short time. Last November the library space was full of black sacks of garbage, and there were no books on the shelves. With the help of Lisa Tomlinson, the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, and Mick and Isabel, a sailing couple who are very handy with paint and brushes, the library space has been revitalized. Now the library space is brightly painted, clean and tidy, with books displayed on the shelves, sorted by grade level. And the reborn library is open! Children are coming in to borrow books. Mrs. Simon has embraced the methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, and has been given another teacher to help her manage the library. Now that a start has been made rejuvenating the library, it looks set to grow from strength to strength.
Liberta Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ANTIGUA
Old Road Primary School
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
94 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Ryona Joseph, Principal

The Old Road Fund adopted this project
Background from Hands: Old Road Primary School is a small rural school with a big heart and an even bigger passion for books, reading, and the advancement of child literacy—on the basis of their resulting child literacy success story, we have awarded the school the 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award for Antigua. The enthusiasm for literacy at this school comes from the dedication of Principal Mrs. Ryona Joseph, Grade 5 and Grade 6 teacher Mrs. Leonara Thomas (who is also the teacher-in-charge-of-the-library, and spearheaded its development), and Mrs. Julia Irish, the school’s remedial reading teacher. They and the rest of the school’s teachers utilize the resources of the library in highly beneficial ways: for read-aloud with the students, for discussion time and class projects, and for helping each child find his or her way through the collection to the book that can grab their attention and steal their heart (Frozen is a big hit this year).

The Old Road Primary School library is on the small side (space is at a premium at this school) but it is well organized, inviting, and easily accessible to students—in fact, there are no old, inappropriate books left after the library team culled and got rid of (via a book sale, giving them away, and—last resort—incineration) the old bunch of ancient, donated library-discard titles. Just about the only books left now are the wide variety of new, age- and culturally-appropriate books sent by Hands (over the past two years, we’ve sent the school 700 new books, including a new encyclopedia set in the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment. The library at Old Road Primary School is a very busy, very happy place—the students are reading, reading, reading. All that’s needed now is U.S. $2,000 in new books (the Literacy Award prize) to fill the gaps in their collection.
Old Road Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dear Dumb Diary; Magic School Bus; Decodable books; Dictionaries
ANTIGUA
Olivia David Primary School
165 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Joseph, Principal
Mrs. Willock, Library Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $1,100 goal
Background from Hands: The students at this medium-size urban school borrow books and the library, which has received significant support from the Mill Reef Fund in recent years, is well utilized. But some of the older, “donation dumped” books from long ago are a bit shabby (the Principal insists on holding onto old books). If Hands is able to assist this school, the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson, must first persuade Principal Joseph to get rid of the old books.
Olivia David Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books (please specify quantities and titles in the “”My Special Requests” section); Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); books with CDs/tapes; children's book classics; fairy tales (traditional and fractured); Dr Seuss
ANTIGUA
Pare's Primary School
110 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Lois Drew, Principal
Mrs. Roberts, Reading Specialist

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $1,100 goal
Background from Hands: When students complete Pare's Primary, they generally graduate to Pare's Secondary, Glanvilles Secondary, or to a school in St. John's (the capital). Wherever they go, the students from Pare’s Primary have better literacy skills than other feeder school, thanks to the Mill Reef Fund-created Literacy Center. Reading Specialist Mrs. Roberts ensures that the students make full use of the library and borrow books and she encourages the class teachers to bring their students to the library as often as possible. This literacy centre is a model of good practice in operation, and all that's needed are fresh graded readers for Kindergarten to Grade 2.
Pare's Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
ANTIGUA
Pare’s Secondary School
450 students • Grades 7 to 11
Rosalind Beazer, Principal

Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime, Librarian
Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Mrs. Maxime, the librarian, excels at her job. The library at this large school is beautifully presented and spacious, with lots of sturdy metal shelving and clear labeling of books and special-interest sections. There is a small section of “easy readers” and a book corner “For Boys,” which has proved very popular. Mrs. Maxine is very dedicated to improving literacy, and she is enthusiastic and receptive to school. Hands sent this school 375 new books as part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, and we'd like to send them a "top up" of new books.
Pare’s Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; “Fact Books” such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); CXC Exam Study Guides: Visual Arts, Information Technology (for both upper and lower level students), Mathematics, English, Biology, French and Social Studies for the Caribbean; French and Spanish dictionaries; School dictionaries; Teen Cyberbullying; Contemporary Black Biographies; Teen Fiction
ANTIGUA
Parham Primary School
86 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Leadette, Principal; Mrs. Ford, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Parham Primary School is a rural school located in the quiet village of Parham in the Parish of St. Peter’s. This tiny school only has 86 students, most of whom come from single-parent households. Unemployment is a big issue in the community. Most of the adults who are fortunate enough to be employed work in the hospitality sector or are farmers.

The school has enthusiastic staff who are trying to make good use of what they have available to them. Unfortunately, the school library is filled with old, out-of-date, and inappropriate books and magazines. The school is very eager to remove the old books and replace them with new, engaging material. The library space is in relatively good shape—it’s secure with strong shelving, nice tiling, painted walls, and adequate furniture. The school’s librarian is very dedicated and eager to begin working with the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson. Currently, each class is taken to the library weekly. Due to the lack of suitable books students are unable to borrow books at this time. A shipment of new books could make a world of difference to this school. Staff members are eager to transform the library and continue working at improving literacy levels in the school—and the students are eager to begin reading engaging books.
Parham Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); ABC Read; Library charts and posters; Alphabet and phonics charts; Age appropriate readers and accompanying teacher's guide
ANTIGUA
St. Mary’s Secondary School
285 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Casey Phillip, Principal
Mrs. Lambert, Library Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This rural secondary school currently has no “official” librarian, but they have Mrs. Lambert, a generous community volunteer. The library is currently being used for Library Skills classes and as a reference library for other subjects, but it is not set up as a lending library (this is something Principal Phillip is working toward). With the recent implementation of universal secondary education, many of the students coming to the school unfortunately lack basic reading skills. The school has employed a teacher to work with these students, but the school is sorely lacking in resources in this area. If Hands is able to assist the school, in addition to reference books for the sciences, history, careers, dictionaries and thesauruses, reading games and material that would inspire the students who have little or no reading skills is needed.
St. Mary's Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; “Fact Books” such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Books from Caribbean Authors; Books from Antiguan Authors
ANTIGUA
St. Nicholas Primary School
157 students • Grades K to 6
Susan Deane, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This is a well-run private school with enthusiastic teachers and articulate students. The school is over-subscribed every year (the current 157 students is the absolute maximum), with a multicultural mix of children transported in from all over the island. There is an average of 24 students in each class and there are two teaching assistants who work with the slower readers in small groups and individually to advance their reading skills. The well-organized library is timetabled; all classes are brought to the library every week by their class teacher, and all students borrow books weekly. The school has three student library monitors who keep the library neat and tidy. The library has a lot of books, but many of them are old; what St. Nicholas Primary School needs is an infusion of great new, relevant books.
St. Nicholas Primary School Wish List
Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Horrid Henry Readers series; anything with animals
ANTIGUA
Urlings Primary School
58 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Temika Christian, Acting Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Temika Christian has worked at this small rural school for 15 years, and is now Acting Principal. The school received metal shelving as part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, but no books. The students are bought to the library every week by their class teacher; the older students borrow books and the lower grades read in the library. Ms. Christian wants to keep the library open until 5:30 in the afternoon to enable the community to use it. The culling of the old, “donation dumped” books has begun; five sacks of books have been put aside for a book sale (or disposal). The books were being sold for $1 each to the students. The roof of the library, unfortunately, is termite-infested; the Ministry of Education has been informed, and the school is waiting for it to be treated. The library is a welcoming space, bright, airy and well decorated. The shelving is well arranged, secure, dry and termite free. The books are well displayed but covered by large curtains to protect them from the termite dust dropping from the ceiling. Urlings Primary School needs an infusion of new books—the Principal is quite enthusiastic about the students use of the Library—and, of course, remediation of the termite problem.
Urlings Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction
ANTIGUA
Villa Primary School
295 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Sandra Boney Felix, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: For years, students at this large urban primary school, located on the outskirts of St. John, the capital of Antigua, have enjoyed an outstanding library, created largely through the initiative of Ina Howe, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (the school was the winner of the 2012-2013 Hands Literacy Award for Antigua). But recent personnel changes have meant that the library has not been well managed (books were removed from the library to make mostly ineffective classroom libraries) or available to the students as much as it should be. Lisa Tomlinson, the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, investigated and was able, through the government’s Work Experience Programme, to get a young lady assigned to the school as a Library Assistant. Tomlinson, who is also on the school’s Library Committee, assessed the current needs of the library, given the fact that the collection has been compromised by the classroom libraries experiment. Now the library is being restored to its former glory; from September the library will be fully operational, staffed from 8 to 4 every day. Tomlinson will oversee the smooth running of the library as well as compiling an inventory of the collection.
Villa Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Box Car Children, Baby Sitter's Club, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, Peter Rabbit; short stories, adventure and scary stories
ANTIGUA
Willikies Primary School
100 students • Grades K to 6
Denmore Roberts, Principal
Miss Samuel, Teacher in Charge of the Library

The Veranadah Resort & Spa adopted this project
Background from Hands: Willikies Primary is a rural school on the eastern side of Antigua. The Principal, Mr. Roberts, is committed to working towards the betterment of the children and he is supported by dedicated teachers who show strong leadership. The school has a wonderful vision of renovating the Spanish classroom and transforming it into a beautiful, engaging library filled with relevant, appropriate, new books. Mr. Roberts and Miss Samuel, the Spanish teacher, have already taken charge of the library renovation project at the school.  The untiled space was filled with desks and chairs (it’s still an active classroom) and in need of some paint.   With support from the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, Lisa Tomlinson, the school has already painted over the future library space and arranged for the space to be tiled. The sturdy shelves which line the walls were recently cleaned and all of the old, donated books were removed. Mr. Roberts understands the need for providing his students with engaging and relevant material and is constantly fighting to remove the donations of old, used books that continue to arrive on his doorstep. Everyone at the school is eager to fill the shelves with brand-new books. A reading rug and pillows will help to complete the school’s vision for the space. Literacy is a priority at this school. Mr. Roberts and Miss Samuel and the rest of the school are eager to have the library operational as soon as possible and working hard to make that a reality.
Willikies Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies.
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Atkinson School
92 students • Grades K to 6
Alice Laronde, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Since partnering with Hands for the first time last year, this rural school in the Kalinago territory has been working hard preparing their central library space, under the direction of passionate Principal Alice Laronde. With the help of Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, old, redundant, and damaged books were cleared out; the space was opened up to create more room and mats sourced so the students could read in the new central library. With the space and book check-out now in place, these avid readers have been very excited and appreciative of the great new books received so far from Hands donors. More books for boys as well as some chapter and series books will ensure every student will find something of interest in the library and keep the students motivated to read. The school can already boast of having one published book to their name, The Snake King of The Kalinago; the new books may well be just what are needed to inspire another literary creation.
Atkinson School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Books about Values and Morals; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Bagatelle Primary School
59 students • Pre-School to Grade 6
Angela Gregoire, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: This picturesque village school on the southeast coast has been very focused on literacy for many years and new Principal Angela Gregoire is as passionate about it as her predecessor Maurice Guiste. The school has been fortunate to have received assistance from a few Peace Corps Volunteers over the years and with the help of committed parent library manager Hilcia Harriette and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, they continue to maintain their central library and find innovative ways to motivate students to read. The school can boast of good literacy levels but appreciates that these improvements take years of continual hard work and focus. Therefore they are keen to ensure library sustainability and maintain student interest in reading by keeping their library stocked with exciting and interesting books. They also recognize the importance of starting early and need help in obtaining books for their pre-school students. Furthermore, the school aims to encourage their students more with creative writing, and as many famous writers can attest, the way to good writing is to keep reading awesome books.
Bagatelle Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Storybooks and Picture Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact Books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); globe; Rosie's Walk, Star of the Day, Where I'm From by George Ella Lyon; Teaching Grammar in Context by Constance Weaver; The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins; Writing Like Writers: Guiding Elementary Children Through a Writer's Workshop by Kathhryn Johnson
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Bellevue Chopin School
30 students • Grades K to 6
Paula Laupen, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Perched on a hill in a farming village, this small school is in desperate need of books. The few books in the classrooms are very old, damaged, uninteresting and do not encourage a joy of reading in the students; some classes have no books at all and many students are unlikely to have fiction books at home either. The students are eagerly anticipating getting new books and Principal Paula Laupen has proactively solicited the assistance of the nearby public library librarian to speak to the students about libraries and how to properly handle and care for books. Long term, the school hopes they will be able to raise funds to build a central library, but for now, any appropriate and interesting books to stock their classroom libraries would be very much appreciated and put to good use.
Bellevue Chopin School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Bense Primary School
51 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Nathalie Ferrol, Principal
Megan Re, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

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Background from Hands: This school partnered with Hands for the first time last year and experienced, driven and focused Principal Ferrol, with the assistance of staff and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Megan Re and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, has been ensuring the new books generously donated have been fully and properly utilized. Assisted by students, the team creatively and colorfully transformed their cluttered library room and have been on a mission to improve flagging literacy levels. The library and books have quickly been incorporated into school life, with time-tabled library times, story time for younger students, student plays based on books and reading competitions. Principal Ferrol has big plans for her small village school on the northern coast and by the looks of what she has managed to achieve so far, we have no doubt she will succeed. But in order to build on the gains and sustain the interest in reading, they need more great books, especially books for boys, books for younger students and “fact books” such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books. The school would also welcome reading mats for the floor.
Bense Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Captain Underpants, Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, Junie B. Jones, LadyBug series
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Colihaut Primary School
46 students • Grades K to 6
Jane George, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: This small northwest coastal village school already has a good student reading culture and most of the ingredients in place for a great library: good size space with adequate shelving, dedicated Principal and staff focused on literacy, teachers who all help to run the library and regular scheduled library checkout/in times, but the one essential ingredient lacking is a suitable collection of interesting new books. The school is making the best use it can of the books it has available, but the majority of the books are extremely old and outdated, especially the reference titles and encyclopedias. Colihaut Primary has average literacy levels and an injection of new books will definitely enhance the existing reading culture and allow the students to really excel in reading and learning. With a high percentage of boys, exciting and interesting books for boys are also top of the priority list.
Colihaut Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Dublanc-Bioche Primary School
38 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Joycelyn Alexis-Joseph, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Another school that Hands was able to support for the first time last year, Dublanc-Bioche Primary can now boast of a well-stocked school library. With the assistance of Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo and two very generous yachting couples visiting Dominica, the books have all been sorted and labeled, the drab cement floor given a much-needed coat of paint, and the library is now ready for action. Throughout the process the students have been keenly helping to create their library space, volunteering to be student librarians and eagerly eyeing the books they would check out first. They have been trained about proper book care and handling and are very excited and grateful for the opportunity to take such amazing books home to read. To ensure no student gets left out, all the school needs now are some story and picture books for Kindergarten and Grade 1, some chapter and series books for Grades 5 and 6, as well as some class sets. Principal Joseph is confident the library will go a long way to improving literacy levels at her school.
Dublanc-Bioche Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Goodwill Primary School
531 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Miriam Lewis, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,500 goal
Background from Hands: One of the largest primary schools in Dominica, Goodwill Primary school last benefited from a Hands donation of books for some of their classrooms in 2009. Lack of space for a central library has been an outstanding issue, which the school feels now ready to tackle by preparing an area in the staff room. Literacy levels have been below average and creating a library, stocked with interesting and engaging new books, encouraging the joy of reading and a culture of reading at the school, will complement the other literacy improvement strategies the school is putting in place. The students who attend this school, which is located on the outskirts of the capital city Roseau, come from some of the most impoverished communities in Dominica, where access to books at home is largely non-existent. With so many students, the school is seeking assistance for a large injection of interesting new books to get them started and their hope is that every student will be able to find a few books in the library that they want to read.
Goodwill Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; “Fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
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Jones Beaupierre Primary School
84 students • Grades K to 6
Martha Stephenson, Principal
Signe Midelfort-Vognar, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

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Background from Hands: Jones Beaupierre Primary School is located on the eastern side of the island in the village of La Plaine and has been struggling over the years to get their library fully functioning. With the assistance of volunteers, including U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Signe Midelfort-Vognar and former Peace Corps Volunteer Judy Joyce, staff and National Employment Programme employee Neimah Corbette, the school has recently completed the refurbishment of a vibrant library, located in a separate building. The students love their spacious, colorful and comfortable new library, especially the reading corner, and there is renewed enthusiasm towards reading and literacy from staff and students. The school has received book donations from Hands for three years and with the exception of books for the younger students, some more chapter and series books, the library is pretty well stocked. Unfortunately, treatment and a new coat of paint have not stopped an ongoing battle with termites and the school is seeking assistance with book shelving. Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo is happy with the library progress made and the literacy improvements aided by the book donations over the years.
Jones Beaupierre Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Massacre-Canefield Primary School
315 students • Grades K to 6
Elizabeth Xavier Dailey, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: A relatively large school, not far from the capital city of Roseau, this was a priority school seeking assistance from Hands last year, and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo was quick to lend her hands. The students had not performed well on national assessment literacy tests and although they had a beautifully decorated, good size library, it was largely filled with old, inappropriate books that were not engaging the students. Thanks to the generous support of the MoneyGram Foundation, the school received over 500 brand new books. Passionate and hard working parent library manager Mrs. Shawna Johnson, culled the old library books, organized book sales for the unwanted books, sorted, labeled, and shelved the new books and got the library up and running. The children are excitedly checking out books to read and literacy co-coordinator Mrs. Robertine George is confident that the new books will complement the other literacy initiatives the school is putting in place. But there are not yet enough books for all the students to find a book at their reading level or to ensure they can find a book they have not yet read. The school would also appreciate any assistance in creating a comfortable "soft" reading corner in the library.
Massacre-Canefield Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Books about Values and Morals; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals
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Petite Savanne Primary School
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
74 students • Grades K to 6
Oliver Samuel, Principal

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Background from Hands: Literacy development has always been at the forefront of Petite Savanne Primary school's agenda, and Hands has proudly partnered with this scenic southeast village school since 2009. The students are reading at or above their grade level and perform at the top in national assessment tests which Principal Samuel attributes to a steady and consistent commitment to literacy and the benefits of a well-stocked, well-maintained, and integrated school library. The students are regular visitors to the library and intimately know their library book collection. When asked, they are quick to let you know what books are missing and which they are longing to read, including series like Magic Tree House, Captain Underpants, and A to Z Mysteries. To ensure these enthusiastic readers have access to the library as much as possible, Hands funds an enthusiastic community parent library manager, Shareen Francis, to manage this very active library during lunch time. The school is a worthy winner of the 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award for Dominica and will be rewarded with $2,000 of new books for their avid readers.
Petite Savanne Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Pierre Charles Secondary School
454 students • Grades 7 to 11
Jerome Bardouille, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,500 goal
Background from Hands: Principal Bardouille appreciates firsthand the benefits of a vibrant school library and that investing time and effort toward maintaining one pays big dividends in student literacy. This hard-working and committed Principal, was previously Principal at Isaiah Thomas Secondary, the 2012-2013 Hands Literacy Award winner for Dominica, and is keen to ensure a strong culture of reading at this secondary school. However, students are not using the existing library, which is stocked with outdated and uninteresting books. Principal Bardouille has big plans for the large library space and wants it to be an enticing and dynamic resource and information hub for both students and staff. The school is located in the southeast, close to the village of Grand Bay. With limited tertiary education options, secondary schools like Pierre Charles are often the last formal education stop for many children not able to afford the cost of overseas study. Principal Bardouille is committed to ensuring his students leave school fully literate. We hope that with the help of our generous donors, we can assist with a much needed donation of captivating new books.
Pierre Charles Secondary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Books especially for boys (adventure, superheroes, mystery, science fiction); Leveled readers for remedial reading to builds confidence and fluency; DVDs with reading material (interactive for remedial; Support materials for modern language: encyclopedia, dictionaries, French texts and interactive DVDs for slow learners, French/English dictionaries, Spanish texts and interactive DVDs for slow learners, Spanish/English dictionaries, Spanish fiction for slow learners
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Pioneer Preparatory School
124 students • Grades K to 6
Esther Robinson, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,500 goal
Background from Hands: Pioneer Prep is a small child-friendly private school that emphasizes art and creativity and seeks to bring out the best in every student. Principal Esther Robinson is asking for assistance with their new special education program. The children that will be targeted are students diagnosed with ADD, showing symptoms of autism, are challenged with reading and retention, or who have other specialized needs. The program has a special needs educator (who is shared with another school) who will pull out students out for one-on-one sessions. This will give each student individualized support while also helping teachers who only have training in general education and may not be able to meet the specialized needs of the student. Principal Robinson has worked with the special needs educator to identify materials they need for the program and they are seeking advice from other specialized individuals as they plan the program.
Pioneer Prepartory School Wish List
Basic reading inventory to test reading levels; sandpaper numbers and letters; velcro strips; velcro letters/numbers/charts; fidget toys/ stress balls/ bean bags/wiggle seats; color-coded texts/books/charts; visual timers;teacher texts on strategies to teach children with ADD and autistic tendencies; software: interactive programs to teach numeracy and literacy; dice; dominoes; flash cards/memory cards to teach numeracy and literacy from Pre-School to Grade 2; puzzles (puzzle pieces) to help with word-building; hand puppets; model clay/plasticine; stimulating cushions; alphabet letter beads; pencil grips; dry erase materials; personal magnetic boards; building blocks; link cubes for teaching math; geometic shapes; building sets; geometry 2D and 3D models; highlighter strips/reading trackers; picture-word charts; reward charts/stars/stickers; high interest–low reading level books
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Roosevelt Douglas Primary School
310 students • Grades K to 6
Teddy Wallace, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,200 goal
Background from Hands: This primary school located in the northern town of Portsmouth, the second largest urban center in Dominica, is one of the larger primary schools, with over 300 students. Led by teacher-librarian Alice Bribet, the school has been making great strides with their current library and recently implemented scheduled library times for all students. However, the majority of the books are old and outdated and maintaining student interest is proving a challenge. According to Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, partnering with focused and dedicated Principals is key to ensuring Hands donations are put to effective use and Hands has been happy to work with dynamic Principal Teddy Wallace at his previous school, Clifton Primary. Principal Wallace's significant contribution to children’s education was recognized by the Ministry of Education when he was among those awarded at the National Principal of Excellence Awards in 2011. Principal Wallace was able to make great strides towards literacy development at Clifton Primary School, and with access to fabulous new books we are confident he and his team can do the same at Roosevelt Douglas Primary.
Roosevelt Douglas Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books
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Salybia Primary School
107 students • Grades K to 6
Lorna Lewis, Principal
Chase Jones, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This school is located in the rural Kalinago territory on the northeast coast, among the poorest districts and home to the indigenous people of Dominica. It has a large library space but when Hands visited last year, many of the bookshelves contained old, inappropriate books, and adult books were mixed in with children's books. Thanks to Hands supporters and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, the school received its first set of brand new books last year, and the library has been transformed. Teacher-librarian Ms. Muriel John, assisted by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Chase Jones, National Employment Programme workers, students and other staff, has been working hard: redundant books were culled, the new books leveled, labeled, organized and shelved and a book check-out system is now in place, with each class coming to the library once a week. Students now love the library and some keen readers come to change their books before their allocated time is up. But in order to keep the interest going and benefit all the students, the school had advised us of some big gaps still in their library collection, especially chapter and series books and more story and picture books for the younger students.
Salybia Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; Dr Seuss, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Babysitters Club; Judy Blume, books on animals and types of transportation
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Sineku Primary School
102 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Kathleen Jno. Lewis, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The Kalinago territory faces many challenges and Sineku Primary School, located in the scenic rural, coastal, hamlet of Mahaut River, is another school in the area desperately seeking support. Some of the issues faced by new Principal Jno. Lewis such as classroom repair and incidents of burglary and vandalism are thankfully being dealt with by the Ministry of Education and the community, and thanks to Hands supporters and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, the brand new books sent last year have made a big impact on the reading culture at the school. Principal Jno. Lewis and her dedicated teaching team seem well on track towards changing things for the better and worked hard to cull old books and sort, label and shelve the new books, so that students could have access to them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the school does not have enough space for a separate library, and it is currently being shared with a classroom. There are still gaps that need filling, and they'd like books about values and morals, “fact books,” and class sets to complete their library collection.
Sineku Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
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Sineku Tunubuku Reference Library
Clara Frederick, Director
Dalmarie Prosper, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Another project in the Kalinago territory that Hands was able to support for the first time last year, this community library is the only public library in the area and is used by villagers of all ages keen on learning. Students with no resources at home to assist with homework and school projects were especially excited about the books donated last year and are frequent visitors. Dalmarie Prosper is the passionate librarian and she informs us that the recently painted shelves desperately need a few more items to effectively serve the community. Visitors to the library have made their requests which include books on relationships, teen issues and healthy living, CXC Exam Study Guides and text books, “fact books”, young adult fiction and books for beginning readers. With the help of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Chase Jones and Aurora Fox and Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, it has been so encouraging to see how the young people from the community invested time and effort to get their library ready by painting murals and shelves, cleaning and tidying. It would be great to help them with the additional book resources they need.
Sineku Tunubuku Reference Library Wish List
Board Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; CXC Exam Study Guides; Storybooks and Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact Books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals
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St. Joseph SDA School
134 students • Grades K to 6
Shirley Mills, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: Principal Shirley Mills is passionate about literacy and it has been reassuring to see how the school has made best use of the small space available to create a suitable lending library for students. Old, inappropriate books were culled, another home was found for stored items and staff ensured the exciting new books sent last year were quickly sorted, labeled and neatly shelved in a child-friendly manner. The students are even more excited about library book check-out time and the newly stocked "Beginners Corner" is a big hit with the young readers. But the school has asked for more books to encourage boys to read, especially chapter and series books, “fact books” (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies. St. Joseph is a small, struggling fishing village on the west coast and adult literacy is a problem. Getting books into homes that have none and encouraging parent/child reading is a great way to tackle the issue.
St. Joseph SDA School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)

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St. Mary's Academy
365 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Cuthbert Elwin, Principal
Miss Bazil, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,500 goal
Background from Hands: This medium-size boys secondary school, located in Roseau, the capital of Dominica, is one of the top schools on the island. Under the steady leadership of Principal Elwin, academic standards are high. But, as with many schools in the Eastern Caribbean, the school library is packed with mostly old or inappropriate books. However, the Principal and Miss Bazil, the Librarian, are determined to rejuvenate the collection, starting by culling the "clunkers" off the shelves to make way for new books from Hands. This school library needs a large infusion of age- and culturally-appropriate reading material, including young adult fiction, up-to-date reference books, Caribbean-themed books, and CXC study guides.

St. Mary's Academy Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; “Fact Books” such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); The Hardy Boys
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St. Mary's Primary School
450 students • Grades K to 6
Annette Austrie, Principal
Mitch Stricker, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,200 goal
Background from Hands: This large, boys-only school in the capital city of Roseau has a good library space, adequate shelving, passionate and dedicated staff, but sadly, hardly any suitable books in their library. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Mitch Stricker has been assisting the school with their library development efforts and reports that the collection of good reading material is even more meager than originally thought. Committed teacher-librarian Norissa Peter and remedial teacher Eva Francis especially appreciate the importance of reading and know the huge difference that a large injection of interesting new books will have in supporting their literacy improvement goals. Literacy levels at the school have been falling and with evidence which suggests that boys are less likely to be self-motivated, independent, read-for-pleasure readers than girls, it would be great to help this school with the necessary book resources.
St. Mary's Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Tete Morne Primary School
138 students • Grades K to 6
Nathalie Jude, Principal
Elena MacDonald, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Hands has had the pleasure of partnering with passionate and dedicated Principal Nathalie Jude for the last three years and books donated have been very much needed, appreciated, and well used. The school is severely space-challenged, but their belief in the power of books and the priority they have chosen to give literacy has motivated the team to move the library into a larger, more appropriate room. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Elena MacDonald, who joined the school last year, reports that the new space is nearly ready for book checkout action to begin again; the room has been painted, cleaned, shelving is in place, old books culled and the books sorted, labeled and shelved. Now that they have more room, the school has requested some specific books to ensure their library remains relevant and effective; poetry books, engaging leveled readers, series books, Caribbean and culturally relevant non-fiction books and biographies, are a few of the types of books requested. The new space was officially opened in May during the school's Literacy Week.
Tete Morne Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; Books for Girls; Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein stories and poem collections, Harry Potter, Pippy Longstocking, Caribbean storybooks (Caribbean Adventure Series chapter books, Just For You! Scholastic books, Caribbean folk tales); High-interest Low Reading Level books; Non-fiction books and biographies that are culturally relevant (not about America/Americans, or things they don't have here like snow/trains/big cities
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Thibaud Primary School
27 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Jacintha Marcellin, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Last year we reported on Principal Marcellin's admirable goal of making her school "the best small school on island." Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo, who was involved hands-on with the school, has been truly impressed with the hard work and commitment by the Principal and her team to try and overcome their many challenges and to make best use of resources available. Last year, the school's library consisted of only one large shelf in the Principal's office, filled with old, uninteresting, or inappropriate books donated by well-meaning individuals and charities. Over the summer the Principal worked hard to go through the existing collection and pull out any books which were still useful and relevant, convert a small room into a colorful library area and split the large unattractive shelf into brightly painted, child friendly, separate shelf units. Thanks to Hands sponsors, interesting new books were made available to the students which they have been very excited about, but the girls especially have been asking for "more books please."
Thibaud Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Vieille Case Primary School
45 students • Grades K to 6
Jean-Marie Royer, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Another school which benefited from the generous support of the MoneyGram Foundation last year and worked hard with Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo to ensure their library was in order and ready, Vieille Case Primary has a good-size, bright and comfortable library. Principal Royer is very focused on literacy and tries to find new and exciting ways to make reading fun for students. With time-tabled, regular library times in place, the Principal reports that the students have been "devouring" the new books and is keen not to lose this love of reading momentum. The students are fast running out of books they have not read before and have requested more books to fill their collection gaps. Vieille Case is a mountainside village in the north. Children from remote villages like this often do not get exposed to as many places, people, and activities as those from larger towns and cities, so access to good books is especially important for vocabulary development and learning.
Vieille Case Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Step by Step to Reading by June Mitchelmore; Essential Primary Writing Skills for the Caribbean; Essential Primary Phonic Skills for the Caribbean Workbook; Language Tree Reading Scheme; Lady Bird series
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Warner Primary School
52 students • Grades K to 6
Ericson Bertrand, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Located in the quiet village of Warner, this small, attractive school is perched above the mid-west coast of Dominica. Thanks to the vision of the previous Principal, Verna Frederick, teacher-librarian Vernell Durand and donations from generous Hands supporters, the students have excitedly been making great use of their new library since its official opening in January 2015. New Principal Ericson Bertrand has pledged his commitment to literacy and is a keen advocate of the benefits of the library. National Employment Scheme employee Sherian Bruno has also been instrumental in ensuring the new books were quickly sorted, labeled, and shelved, and helps to run the library. Schools with committed teams such as Warner are essential to the sustainability and effective use of the library. It would be great to encourage their hard work and commitment by helping them keep their libraries well stocked with great new books. The school has requested assistance with books such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Goosebumps, Junie B. Jones, Dr. Seuss, and Clifford.
Warner Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; mystery books for Grade 6; fairy tales (Cinderella, Snow White); adventure series; scary books; Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Goosebumps, Junie B. Jones, Dr.Suess, Dora the Explorer, Frozen, Arthur, Clifford, Shivers
DOMINICA
Wesley Primary School
145 students • Grades K to 6
Magdalene Bontiff-Honore', Principal
Chris Leiby, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: Hands is always happy to partner with schools that are willing to put the effort into getting their library spaces ready and their libraries up and running as quickly as possible. With the help of Peace Corps Volunteer Chris Leiby, Wesley Primary located in the northeast, has been making great library progress: outdated, inappropriate books have been removed, shelves have been painted and the new books organized, labeled and shelved. Teachers have reported that the students love the library and reading the interesting, brand new books and there are some impressive student book reports on display in the library. Principal Honore strongly believes in the benefits of school libraries and is confident this is essential to complement the literacy strategies they are putting in place to increase literacy rates at the school. But there are not yet enough books for every student to find something interesting to read each week and more reference, chapter and series books are still priorities for this school.
Wesley Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
DOMINICA
Woodford Hill Primary School
98 students • Grades K to 6
Martha Carbon, Principal
Pauline Hill, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: Hands has partnered with this school for two years and they are another great example of a busy and active library where teachers and students all take ownership of it. The library is well integrated into school life. Last year, passionate teacher-librarian Karla Bedminster showed Hands Literacy Link Celia Sorhaindo some of the most regularly checked-out books that had gone beyond the point of further repair, but were so well loved by the students that they still wanted to check them out. Karla also requested some missing titles of series books that the students were pleading with her to try and source. Unfortunately, we were not able to send the school any new books last year so it would be great to assist with their book requests this year. We know there are some passionate readers at this school that cannot wait for more great books to read. Peace Corps Volunteer Pauline Hill joined the school last year and is assisting the school with running the library and with literacy improvement objectives.
Woodford Hill Primary School Wish List
Big Books; Books for Boys; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Books for Boys; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Here Comes Jack Frost; Ready to Read: A Collection of Amusing Stories; The Story of Nelson Mandela, Marvel Heroes, Hot Wheels, Amulet, American Girls collection
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GRENADA
Anglican High School
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
775 students • Grades 7 to 11
Madeline Baptiste, Principal

Kim Parris, Literacy Coordinator
Anne & David adopted this project
Background from Hands: In just a few years, this large all-girls high school has gone from not having a library to having one of the best high school libraries we’ve seen—everywhere you look at Anglican High School, there’s a girl reading a book! The creation of the school library began when Kim Parris, the literacy coordinator, and a team of students who passionately wanted a school library approached Hands Across the Sea. They had an empty room and empty shelves, and began rearranging and repainting in advance of our first shipment to the school in 2013-2014. With the most recent shipment in 2014-2015, the school now has almost 750 brand new books from Hands. As winners of the 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award for Grenada, the school will receive an additional $2,000 of new books.
Anglican High School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Romance; Adventure; Recipe books; Social Sciecne books that deal with family structure, crisis in family; Books that deal with sexuality; Grammar rules, categories in vocabulary; Books that deal with different cultures and history of places; Books that deal with art and artistic expressions; Math games, mental/mind games, puzzles; Craft books; Books that deal with hair, nails, designs,fashion; Books that deal with organization (cupboard, books, bedroom)
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Beacon Learning Centre
300 students • Grades K to 12
Mrs. Cheryl Bishop, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This school serves an unusually wide range of children—from Kindergarten to Grade 12—and literacy is literally on the move. The Hands Literacy Link for Grenada, Olivia Phillip, worked alongside the school’s librarian to clear out a storage space, transforming it into a colorful, engaging library. Principal Bishop, who has led the school for 20 years or so, has launched a number of creative, exciting literacy initiatives in the school and the community. The school’s "Literacy on the Road" program puts students on a flatbed truck wending its way through St. George’s, the capital of Grenada, while reading their favorite books over a loudspeaker. The school also hosts a Literacy Carnival, an After-School Reading Club, and plans to crearte a Homework Help Center. Principal Bishop also plans to open the school library to parents and the community. Hands Across the Sea assisted Beacon Learning Centre by sending 360 new books in the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment; roughly the same amount of books is still needed to give the library a solid footing.
Beacon Learning Centre Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Lesson planning guides for teachers in Mathematics and English; Books on History; Character Counts (character traits for young teens); Digital Citizenship by Dr. Mike Ribbles
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Blessed Sacrament RC Primary School
260 students • Grades K to 6
Mr. Jones, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands:About a year ago, the school had a library that was in desperate need for both an update in resources and a physical overhaul. The Hands Literacy Link for Grenada, Olivia Phillip, assisted with a massive clearing out of the old, moldy books, followed by painting and rebuilding the bookshelves; Olivia also painted two literacy murals on the walls. In October 2014 the school received its first-ever shipment of 460 books from Hands Across the Sea; the books were quickly processed and placed on the shelves. The library’s Imani worker, however, is currently on maternity leave; Olivia Phillip and Amanda Dombach, the Program/Operations Director for Hands Across the Sea, are working with Principal Jones to obtain and train a suitable Imani replacement. Meanwhile, each class is timetabled for the library once per week, and a teacher opens the library on some days after school. Plans are also in place to start an after-school reading club. Going forward, the library needs a “top up” of 450 books or so.
Blessed Sacrament RC Primary School Wish List
Leveled Readers; Books for Boys; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living
GRENADA
Boca Secondary School
457 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Cephas Belfon, Principal

The Sandals Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands: This secondary school is plagued with serious literacy issues. The Literacy Curriculum Officer at the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Denyse Braithwaite, will be working closely with the school. She believes that a library from Hands Across the Sea will go a long way to change the literacy climate and promote an interest in reading. Presently, there is no functioning library. There is a space available but presently there is only one metal shelf. The book collection is sparse and consists mainly of a few chapter books and some old teaching resources. There is an Imani trainee who will be assisting in the library. The Principal hopes that the place will be transformed by the start of the new school year. He said that he looks forward with great anticipation to a partnership with Hands and that this assistance is a timely and much-appreciated venture.
Boca Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
GRENADA
Concord Government School
122 students • Grades Pre-School to 6
Gordon Williams, Principal
Dian Edwards, Literacy Coordinator

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The principal started the library approximately one year ago after realizing the desperate need for improving literacy, not only at the school but also within the community. A large number of the students are struggling readers and he believes that this problem stems from a lack of appreciation for books in the home. The Imani trainee who assists in the library, Ms. Faun Walker, has been instrumental in getting the space ready and setting up the library. One of the plans for the library is the installation of some computers and creating a community resource center. He believes that if the parents change their perception of reading, the students will change their attitude towards reading. The library, open all day, is timetabled for every class, a checkout system is in place, the books are organized according to grade and subject, there is adequate shelving, and there are literacy displays here and there. What the library at Concord Government School needs most are great new books.
Concord Government School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
GRENADA
Grenada Boys Secondary School
800 students • Grades 7 to 11
Phillip Thomas, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,500 goal
Background from Hands: Grenada Boys Secondary School is the most prestigious government school on the island, but there are lots of struggling learners and readers at this school. There is space available for a library, shelves are in place, but there are very few books on the shelves. Olivia Phillip, the Hands Literacy Link, visited the school upon the recommendations of two officers from the Ministry of Education. The library is located in a large room used as a resource center.There are presently two Imani trainees assigned to the library which is open throughout the day, and the school regularly takes part in various literacy initiatives such as essay and poetry competitions. Presently, the library consists of approximately 15 chapter books and a few sets of expired encyclopedias. The Principal, Mr. Thomas, and teacher in charge of the library, Ms. Angela Patrick, have both expressed their gratitude to Hands for the anticipated assistance.
Grenada Boys Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Caribbean Authors

GRENADA
Grenada Christian Academy
200 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mrs. King, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: At this small secondary school, located in a rural area, most of the students are unable to read at grade level. To turn things around the school is attempting, for the first time ever, to start a library. The Hands Literacy Link for Grenada, Olivia Phillip, helped launch the new library by helping to build new shelves, painting the walls and the shelves, and painting a mural; the school carried out the electrical work in the library room and purchased the paint for the floor. The Imani trainee assigned to the library, Ms. Delinga Rennie, worked tirelessly to get the space ready. A library committee, made up of staff and students, was formed to run the library. The new library was officially opened and dedicated, and in October 2014 the school received its first shipment of 280 books from Hands Across the Sea. The books were quickly organized and placed on the shelves, and students have been checking out books—Ms. Rennie has been kept very busy! The library committee is implementing various literacy programs for the 2014-2015 school year. Looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year, the library needs another shipment of books to fill out its collection.
Grenada Christian Academy Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew
GRENADA
St. Andrew’s Anglican Primary School
275 students • Grades K to 6
Rev. Edward Mark, Principal
Christina Cooley, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

The Sandals Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands: The school is located in Grenada’s second-largest town, Grenville, and the  2014-2015
Wish Lists shipment was the first assistance it received from Hands. The school's original building was destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Ivan and the entire student body is now housed in five buildings constructed mainly from plywood. It was felt that a library from Hands Across the Sea, with its focus on creating a curiosity-enhancing space for reluctant readers, would in turn change not only the literacy atmosphere at the school but also provide an enticing break in daily activities. The library is located in a small corner in one of the classrooms.

The principal, Reverend Mark, is very pleased with the selection of titles Hands has sent. The books have already made the library a more eye-catching and inviting place and the student spend most of their free time there. Every day at lunchtime, more than 30 students flock to the library to browse through the books or borrow their favorite titles. The Hands Literacy Link in Grenada, Olivia Phillip, visits the school regularly to monitor and make recommendations for continued improvement of the library. There is a trained and enthusiastic librarian, Ms. Lewis, who helps run the library. She is very impressed by the impact the new books have made among the students and the interest it has generated toward reading, especially from previously reluctant readers. One special area of note is the tremendous appeal that the new titles have brought to the boys. They visit the library regularly to interact with titles such as Insects, Cars, and wildlife series. A U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Christina Cooley, is assigned to the school to assist with literacy. Cooley is planning some afterschool library activities to encourage the students to more frequently utilize the library. Cooley says that while the school’s literacy challenges have been greatly lessened with the arrival of the new books, there are still many gaps left to be filled. She has asked Hands to continue to support the school.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
GRENADA
St. John's Christian Secondary School
192 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Anthony Wellington, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Principal Wellington reports that about 30% of the student population are achieving below their grade level. The school has created two streams of students per grade so that student needs are being better met. Most of the students are boys, uninterested in the library—no surprise, as the library is filled with “donation dumped” old books and unusable textbooks. The school has a pleasant library space with lots of shelving, tables, and chairs; the librarian is an Imani worker. The library is open before school, during lunch, and throughout the day; a checkout program is in place. Staff at the school want to step up their emphasis on literacy—initiatives include a reading club and a Literacy Month (each November) that focuses on choral speaking, public speaking, debate, and reading competitions.
St. John's Christian Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Hardy Boys, Diary of of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Sweet Valley High, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew
GRENADA
St. Joseph's RC Primary School
315 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Patsy Cline George, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Hands first shipped 300 books to this school in 2012-2013. Following that, we asked the school to meet several criteria before a follow-up shipment would be sent: train a librarian, remove the old and inappropriate books (photo), and clear up the clutter in the library room. The school is presently working on these areas with the goal of creating a fully functional library. Mrs. George admitted that the students are struggling readers and could benefit from leveled reading books and low reading level/high interest books. The principal also discussed various activities for the library and how they have made use of the books received from Hands thus far:  each class is timetabled to use the library, the students are required to do book reports, and the school is planning to start a library club.
St. Joseph's RC Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
GRENADA
St. Mark's Secondary School
550 students • Grades 7 to 11
Andre Martin, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,200 goal
Background from Hands: The school has a nice library space (called the Resource Centre) with lots of books, but the books are outdated, old, or else unusable textbooks, inappropriate paperbacks or unusable textbooks. (The school received these “donation dumped” books about two years ago.)  There are only about 50 to 70 books that are appropriate for the Form 1 and 2 students; there is a small shelf of four classroom sets of books, and a handful of picture books which they use for struggling readers. The rest of the books are adult novels—library discards or donations from someone’s garage or basement. At present, the library is not used by many students—there are about 60 student members of the library, and there is not a designated library period for classes. On the bright side, the librarian is an Imani worker who is motivated to increase participation in the library and make it an engaging space. But the library needs an infusion of new, exciting books first.
St. Mark's Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; CXC Exam Study Guide
GRENADA
St. Martin de Porres RC Primary School
440 students • Grades K to 6
Kester Lyons, Principal
Avery Scott, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Formerly Crochu Primary School, this school has a small (but well-organized and well-utilized) library space. Principal Lyons provides strong, clear leadership, and has focused on improving the reading and literacy skills of his students. Hands has assisted this school with book shipments in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 (a total of 550 books), but another shipment is needed to fill the gaps and build out the collection. The library space may be small, but the appetite of the students for new books is large!
St. Martin de Porres RC Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Frindle by Andrew Clements (class set), Magic Tree House, Dr. Seuss; Phonics Books; Non-Fiction Picture Books; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, comic books
GRENADA
St. Matthews RC School
233 students • Grades K to 6
Mr. Marshall, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This primary school is located in the mountainous central region of the island. There is no community library and the Principal wishes to fill that gap with the school facility. Last year, when the principal and staff heard of Hands’ willingness to partner with the school to supply books and other literacy resources, a spare classroom was quickly converted into a library. With guidance from Olivia Phillip, the Hands Literacy Link for Grenada, some shelves were built and the room was painted. Today Hands continues to receive rave reviews on the progress, interest, and use of the library. They can benefit from some more books since most of the students have already exhausted the present supply!
St. Matthews RC School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books about Values and Morals; Lady Bird series; West Indian Short Stories
GRENADA
St. Patrick's RC Primary School
292 students • Grades K to 6
Mr. David Hopkin, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The members of the school’s highly enthusiastic Literacy Committee are already moving forward on a well-defined plan to rejuvenate the school’s long-dormant library. They are well aware that for sustainability a strong committee is needed; a number of teachers have signed on to the committee. The library space (a spare classroom) is located on the school’s third floor and has plenty of shelves, and a checkout system in place (Ms. Henry, an Imani worker, is the librarian). The Literacy Committee’s plans include a tiled floor and A/C, but the most urgent need is for new books—this primary school library, like so many others in the Eastern Caribbean, is saddled with old, inappropriate books that have been “donation dumped” by well-meaning but misguided book donation agencies and individuals. We have complete confidence that the can-do atmosphere at St. Patrick’s RC Primary School will result in a big win—a vibrant lending library—for the students.
St. Patrick's RC Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact Books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction
GRENADA
St. Peter's RC Primary School
307 students • Pre-School to Grade 6
Mr. Ian George, Principal

The Sandals Foundation adopted this project
Background from Hands:Principal Ian George is new to the school and he is very much involved in the operation of the library. At present the school has a full-time library assistant (Principal George has asked the Ministry of Education for a full-time librarian, too). The library is timetabled for each class, and library-related literacy initiatives include book reports, peer reading, reading to the class, sustained silent reading (after lunch), and a daily Read a Book program. Students are encouraged to bring books to read (special time is given for this activity), and students also play literacy games. The library space is small (approximately 20 square feet), and the books are separated by grades (but there is no color-coding system). A checkout system (using a notebook) is in place, and students can borrow books. There is only a small handful of appropriate books—everything else is old, inappropriate titles that have been “donation dumped” on the school.
St. Peter's RC Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books (please specify quantities and titles in the ""My Special Requests" section); Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
GRENADA
Uganda Martyrs Catholic School
327 students • Grades K to 6
Mr. Francis, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: The school has a library room, and it’s pretty well stocked with good (though a bit worn) books. With a librarian, library assistant, and literacy coordinator on staff, the school demonstrates a strong commitment to literacy. The colorful, appealing library sees a lot of visits from students—books and reading are part of everyone’s daily experience at this school. The library, has plenty of storybooks for younger students; the need now is for an infusion of “information books” (such as the DK EyeWonder series), simple chapter books (such as Junie B. Jones), and leveled readers.
Uganda Martyrs Catholic School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Magic Tree House, Captain Underpants, Ready-to-Read and Scholastic texts
GRENADA
Vendome RC School
82 students • Grades K to 6
Ingrid Francis, Principal

True Blue Bay Resort adopted this project
Background from Hands: This school library is an eye-popping, candy-colored success story! A few years ago this rural primary school, nestled among the mountains in the southern part of Grenada, was hit hard by Hurricane Ivan. The school suffered major damage, and while the rebuilding took place classes were held inside a metal hurricane shelter (which proved to be brutally hot and airless). Thanks to the leadership of True Blue Bay Resort the school is now rebuilt, complete with a large library room with new shelving and windows in a bright space on the second floor. Principal Ingrid Francis and her Literacy Coordinator, Valene Hagley, set about designing their “dream” library, and what they came up with is indeed a vision: bright, fun citrus colors on the walls and tables, a raised “reading/lounging” corner, student workplaces bathed in natural light along the perimeter of the room, a comfy couch always stocked with kids reading, and—our favorite part—nary an old, “donation dumped” book to be found! Hands sent the school a whopping 670 books, which is keeping the book-hungry students happy and busy.
Vendome RC School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals
GRENADA
Westerhall Secondary School
454 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Martin Mitchell, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from the Vice Principal: After the school’s staff reached out to us early in 2014, Hands sent its first shipment (360 books) to Westerhall Secondary School in October 2014. We have been very pleased to see that the excitement of the new titles has reinforced the already-energetic library coordinator, Mrs. Agnes La Barrie, and the library’s Imani worker, Elizabeth Felix. (The students are very excited, too!) Most of the students, particularly the boys, are struggling to catch up on their reading and writing skills, and the rejuvenated library is attracting their attention. Principal Mitchell and Vice-Principal Roxann Bhola share the library team’s passion to do all they can to help “their boys” come up to speed in order to pass on to the next grade. The school needs another shipment of books to make the collection wider and deeper.
Westerhall Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books;Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Chapter Books and Series Books: Goosebumps, Hardy Boys, Babysitter's Club, Nancy Drew, Secret Seven; Comic books for boys; Small dictionaries
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ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Charlestown Primary School (Nevis)
328 students • Grades K to 6
Miss Latoya Jeffers, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: What a difference a new, energetic, highly motivated principal makes! Miss Latoya Jeffers is ready to rejuvenate the school library (under the previous principal, the library served as a graveyard for old, moldy books) and to embrace the proven methodology (simple to set up, child-friendly, easy to sustain) of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools. The library has plenty of shelving and a full-time librarian, and everyone is on board with getting rid of the old books (through a book sale, a giveaway, or incineration) to make way for new, exciting books from Hands. We have been patiently waiting for this school to want to rejuvenate their library, and with new leadership the time is right.
Charlestown Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Charlestown Secondary School (Nevis)
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
825 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Edson Elliott, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Over a year ago, Marva Paris-Roberts, then the new librarian at this large school, transformed the school’s lackluster library into a highly effective, super-appealing, exciting space. Inventive book displays that rivaled any bookstore, a “black heroes” wall (from reggae legend Bob Marley to Nelson Mandela), computers, and furniture that invites readers (comfy red couch) made this a great place for students to read and carry out research. It just goes to show what a person who passionately believes in literacy can do. Marva has since moved on, but the elements of a great school library remain—and the U.S. $2,000 of brand new books from this award will go a long way to filling any gaps in the school’s collection. (We’re sure that Librarian Paula Wallace and Assistant Librarian Ms. Aneka Hodge are already making their list.) Among all the Eastern Caribbean islands that Hands serves, Nevis stands out for its dedication to literacy and school libraries; none of the other islands, for example, have paid librarians at primary schools (teachers must pinch-hit for each other to keep the library running). And the libraries at secondary schools, such as Charlestown Secondary School, are adequately staffed. Which is as it should be.
Charlestown Secondary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas
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Deane-Glasford Primary School (St. Kitts)
160 students • Grades K to 6
Avenelle Martin, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: This well-kept primary school, located just outside of capital city Basseterre in the “country,” has a school library with the key elements already in place: a large room with a tiled floor, lots of shelves, and two PEP (People Empowerment Program, the government work scheme) workers at the ready. All the library lacks is good books—the school has hundreds of old, inappropriate books (the usual “donation dumping” fare of tourist paperbacks, out-of-date textbooks, and other worn-out, inappropriate hand-me-downs). But the Principal is ready to have a book sale to get the old books off the shelves and make way for new ones. The space can also use reading tables and a floor mat and pillows or bean bags to make a comfy reading corner. If students have an inviting place to relax and read, they’ll love the library even more.
Deane-Glasford Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; Black History books (heroes, documentaries, novels); Culture and Caribbean books; Fruits, trees and Indigenous aspects of the Caribbean; Traditional nursery rhymes, bedtime stories and fairy tales
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Dr. William Connor Primary School (St. Kitts)
299 students • Grades K to 6
Valencia Syder, Principal
Ruth Duporte, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: With the full support and encouragement of Principal Syder, Librarian Ruth Duporte has taken the methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools and transformed the school’s library: books are color-coded by reading level, the collection is artfully displayed with the front covers facing out, and the arrangement of the shelving is child-friendly. Dr. William Connor Primary School now has perhaps the most captivating (and well used) school library on St. Kitts. All that’s needed here are more titles for Grades 5 and 6, a “top up” of books to fill the gaps and freshen up some of the softcover titles, such as the ever-popular Goosebumps series, that are showing some wear, and some bean bags for a reading corner. A real success story here!
Dr. William Connor Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Edgar T. Morrris Primary School (St. Kitts)
59 students • Grades K to 6
Kathuel Browne, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4500 goal
Background from Hands: With help from Mrs. Henry of St. Kitts’s national library, this small primary school is presently culling and organizing their book collection. But the collection is comprised almost entirely of old and inappropriate books—the result of many years of “donation dumping” by book-donation groups in Canada and the U.S. The Principal has promised to hold a book sale to clear the shelves (and to give away or incinerate what can’t be sold), and a PEP worker is already in place in the library. Other than an infusion of new, appropriate books, the library at Edgar T. Morris Primary needs a more efficient check-out system—a problem that is easily solved.
Edgar T. Morris Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Estridge Primary School (St. Kitts)
72 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Keesha Dolphin Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: We’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news. The bad news: over 80 percent of the books in this school library are, well, no good: they are worn-out, outdated, inappropriate—the usual “donation dumping” fare. Now for the good news. All grades, from Kindergarten to Grade 6 are timetabled for the library. Mrs. Henry of St. Kitts’s national library is helping to cull and organize the library. And finally, Principal Kesha Dolphin is 100 percent committed to rejuvenating the library. After a more-efficient borrowing system is put into place, what the school really needs is a major infusion of great new books.
Estridge Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas; Storybooks and Picture Books; Young Adult Fiction; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas))
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Gingerland Secondary School (Nevis)
350 students • Grades 7 to 11
Lorna Brandy, Principal
Carian Dore, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: The library at Gingerland Secondary School, which Hands has assisted with 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Hands Wish Lists shipments for a total of 1,200 books, has come a long way. In the past, the library was in need of new, relevant books, and too much of the precious bookshelf space was taken up with old, moldy, inappropriate books, such as ubiquitous paperback spy novels and romance novels that seem to find their way into schools — dumped by tourists or misguided charities. What Gingerland Secondary needs now is a “top up” of great new books to keep the students excited about reading.
Gingerland Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; CXC Exam Study Guides; Bluford High, Pretty Liar, Tomorrow Girl, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball, Mega Man, Harry Potter, Astro Boy
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Joshua O. Williams Primary School (St. Kitts)
109 students • Grades K to 6
Janelle Williams Jacob, Principal
Linda Stanzler, Volunteer Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: One year ago, the library at this small rural school was overstuffed with inappropriate, donated books (library discards, tourist paperbacks, university-level medical books, 40-year-old encyclopedias—the usual!). The room, and the experience for students visiting the library, has been transformed by a newly tiled floor, a serious culling of the ancient and inappropriate books, and a more creative use of the existing bookshelves. Volunteer librarian Linda Stanzler reports that “The kids love the books! The new books have made a huge difference.” This library has come a long way, from a place packed with old, moldy books that few children wanted to open to an exciting space with a wide variety of new, exciting books that are catching the interest of the children. What the library needs now is funding for a “top up” of new books to bring their collection fully up to speed, and a comfy rug (or rubber mat) and pillows to create a reading corner. Also, the school should hold another book sale to clean out the remaining old books.
Joshua O. Williams Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Ladybird, Topsy and Tim, Barney, Berenstain Bears, Step Into Reading, Grimm Brothers, Aesop's Fables, Dr. Seuss, Anancy,D ear Dumb Diary, Judy Moody, Jewel Society, Babysitters Club
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Saddlers Primary School (St. Kitts)
102 students • Grades K to 6
Carol Boddie, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,500 goal
Background from Hands: The physical condition of Saddlers Primary School has deteriorated badly in recent years, but fortunately the Ministry of Education is now undertaking a restoration. The school’s library space is large, with lots of shelves, but they have no good books—just hundreds of the usual old and inappropriate “donation dumped” fare. As a result, students don’t frequent the library (no surprise). On the bright side, Mrs. Henry, of St. Kitts’s national library, is organizing their book collection, the library has a PEP worker in place, and the library has the full support of the Principal. What this medium-size rural school needs is a sizeable shipment of great new books, including dictionaries and reference books, to bring the students back into the library and get them excited about reading.
Saddlers Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Sandy Point Primary School (St. Kitts)
312 students • Grades K to 6
Jennifer Dolphin, Principal
Nicole Francis, PEP Worker

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $3,260 goal
Background from Hands: Wow! What a difference an inspired PEP worker can make—folks, meet Nicole Francis, the architect of the Sandy Point Primary School library makeover! Francis embraced the methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools (color-coding the books by reading level, artfully displaying them, and more). But she has brought a vitality to the library too, making it much more than a newly-painted room with a collection of books. She has created different literacy activities for each grade at the school, including a new theme for the library every term; read-alouds dramatized with in-character costumes from books; a “Read a Book” challenge, with rewards; and occasional literacy “parades” through the community. Thus far, Hands has sent 470 great new books to the school; they need funding for a comfy reading corner and another infusion of books, including titles on values and virtues.
Sandy Point Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Books for slow learners; Books about cars, trucks and trains; Books about space; Books on different professions (Doctor, Nurse, Fire-Fighter); Magic School Bus, Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Kindergarten: The Little Red Hen; Henny Penny; The Little Mermaid; Cinderella; Rapunzel; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Elves and the Shoemaker; Hansel and Gretel; The Three Little Pigs; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Pinocchio; Little Red Riding Hood; Country Mouse and the City Mouse; Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin and the Forty Thieves; The Three Billy Goats Gruff
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Tucker Clarke Primary School (St. Kitts)
500 students • Grades K to 6
Mr. Sylvester Charles, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,200 goal
Background from Hands: With 500 students, this is the largest primary school on St. Kitts. It is also chronically underserved—a visit to the school library, stuffed with old, inappropriate books donated by unthinking individuals and agencies, confirms the lack of support given to this school. Though there is not enough room for children to sit and work at desks, the classroom-size library space has adequate shelving and both a full-time librarian and a library teacher. What Tucker Clarke Primary School needs is a big infusion of new, asked-for (via the Hands Wish Lists) books. The staff, assisted by Dion Browne, the Hands Literacy Link for St. Kitts and Nevis (and a former student at Tucker Clarke), is quite ready to dispose of the old books to make way for new ones from Hands.
Tucker Clarke Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Violet O. Jeffers-Nichols Primary School (Nevis)
70 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Shea Swanston-Wilkin, Principal
Sasha-Gay McDermott, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,175 goal
Background from Hands: Hands Across the Sea sent this small rural school 410 great new books as part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment. (The new books are slowly but surely pushing out the old, inappropriate “donation dumped” books at the school library.) This school has a dedicated library space (a spare classroom) and a very enthusiastic librarian in Sasha-Gay McDermott. What’s needed now is more culling (book sale, giveaway, or incineration) by the school staff, followed by an infusion of 300 or so new books to fill the gaps.
Violet O. Jeffers-Nichols Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Aux Lyons Combined School
165 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Simone St. Fort, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Overlooking the Mabouya Valley, this is a school with an especially creative spirit, as seen in the colorful, learning-rich classroom environments, complete with plenty of handy cabinets for resource materials. The school library is a good size (a single classroom) for the school, but unfortunately the room was filled with old, inappropriate reading books and ancient textbooks which are unlikely to be utilized. Also, there were boxes of “stuff” that had to be removed from the library to open up the space. The U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Benjamin Beelman, took over the school library project as one of his assignments during his two years of service on St. Lucia. The principal, staff, and Benjamin worked on getting the library cleaned, organized, and ready for the new books. The room and shelves were painted in bright colors, and the floor was covered with jazzy pink linoleum tiles. The methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools was adopted for the organization and operation of the library, and a library team was formed to work closely with Benjamin; all the books were color-coded according to reading level and displayed with the book covers facing out or up. The rejuvenated library at Aux Lyons Primary School was fully operational at the end of January, and books have been flying off the shelves and into the bookbags of students heading home. We'd like to provide a "top up" of new books for these eager readers.
Aux Lyons Combined School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books about Values and Morals
ST. LUCIA
Ave Maria RC Primary School
528 students • Grades 3 to 6
Mrs. Valerie St. Helene-Henry, Principal
Rufina Haynes, Library Coordinator

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from the Principal: After a slow start, this busy all-girls school in Castries has designated a library space (a very rare unused classroom) and now has the new books from Hands color-coded and artfully displayed for the students. Prior to this milestone, the Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, worked with Rufina Haynes, the Library Coordinator, to form a five-person Library Team to set up the library according to the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, which includes color-coding the new books from Hands. Vidal-Atherly also worked to clean out the junk from the classroom (including old, inappropriate books) and organize the new books into the present child-friendly configuration. The school now needs another similar-size infusion of new books (Hands sent the school 430 books as part of the 2014-2015 Wish Lists shipment). Meanwhile, the girls are discovering the new treasures of the school’s reborn library.
Ave Maria RC Primary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books
ST. LUCIA
Bishop Charles Gachet RC Primary School
192 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Cornelia Ann Shirley Lubin, Principal
Mrs. Pamela Eugene, Head of the Literacy Committee

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This school is old and, frankly, dilapidated. Despite the challenges, a five-teacher Literacy Committee, headed by Pamela Eugene, is ready to make a lending library a reality in 2015. There is a small library space available next to the IT room; the first step is to clean and clear it of the usual ancient collection of  “donation dumped” books and the assortment of “dump it in the library” stuff (broken chairs and other cast-offs). Some of the old books could be sold to raise funds for new paint and shelving. If the work goes as hoped and planned, we could see a transformation at this school.
Bishop Charles Gachet RC Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Bocage Secondary School
450 students • Grades 7 to 11
Cuthbert Elizee, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Originally a primary school which was destroyed by Hurricane Allen in 1980, it was rebuilt and turned into a secondary school in 1995. This medium-size school, located on the hills behind Castries, the capital city of St. Lucia, serves a wide cross-section of students, some of whom are academically challenged. The room chosen to house the temporary library is already equipped with wooden and metal shelves and could receive some adapted easy-readers in sets. Unfortunately the room is located underground, with no windows and only one door, which means that neither teachers nor students are keen to visit the space. Another building is under construction and a permanent library planned for 2016. The newly-installed principal and his energetic Library Team of young, dedicated teachers (Marvalin Nelson, Special Education; Ansher Son-St. Marthe, Niquelle Reid-Leon, and Monthel Phillip-Auguste (English Department), and Verdi Paul (Learning Resource Center Coordinator) are excited to be working with Hands.
Bocage Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Bouton RC Combined School
92 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Clara Alfred, Teacher in Charge

Adopted by Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
Background from Hands: The school, with the help of Sugar Beach, a local five-star resort, is making progress toward (at long last) having a real library. The space has been cleared of the old termite-ridden and “donation dumped” books, but it has not been repaired; a Sugar Beach fundraising gala should make the renovation a reality by the time school opens in September. We are eager to create a library at this little rural school perched on the spine of a mountain—we’ll be watching!
Bouton RC Combined School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books (please specify quantities and titles in the ""My Special Requests" section); Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Alphabet and Numeral Books; Nursery Rhymes
ST. LUCIA
Choiseul Secondary School
700 students • Grades 7 to 11
Carrian Augier, Principal

LIME St. Lucia adopted this project
Background from Hands: Located in St. Lucia’s rural, mostly unvisited-by-tourists southern coast, this large secondary school is badly in need of books. The school staff, particularly the Vice-Principal and the Head of English Department who have formed a Library Team, are very excited about the Hands CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) program. Although physically the school is small and rather crowded for its large student body, a space will be recovered for a library corner in the Resource Room. What the school needs is a large-size “starter set” of new, appropriate books to get their fledgling library up and running.
Choiseul Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); adventure books for boys and girls at Grade 7,8, and 9 levels
ST. LUCIA
Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School
540 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mr. Patrick Smith, Principal
Ms. Jn. Charles, Library Coordinator

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: There is good news and bad news at this medium-size, rural secondary school in the fishing village of Dennery, on St. Lucia’s little-visited windward coast. Bad news first: their school is in serious need of structural repairs, and there is no library. Good news: There is a space for a temporary library (a small room used for musical instruments storage), and a new wing for the school is slated to be built by September 2015. So there will be a larger place available for a permanent library. Principal Smith and his library coordinator are ready to start the temporary library in the little room; there is space for about eight shelves. That’s enough to get the students reading and borrowing books.
Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Delcer RC Combined School
151 students • Grades K to 6
Pauline Prospere, Principal
Shirin Patterson, library volunteer

Adopted by Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet
Background from Hands: This rural school located at the foot of Gros Piton, one of St. Lucia’s soaring twin peaks featured in nearly all of the island’s tourism brochures and videos, was recommended to Hands by Shirin Patterson, a U.S. citizen and local resident, who has been volunteering her services at the school. Principal Prospere is a very energetic lady who is ready to step up child literacy efforts at the school. The existing library is the perfect size and has lots of sturdy shelving, and the library’s collection of old, obsolete “donation dumped” books (virtually none of them appropriate for the students) is being culled for a book sale or incineration. With the help of Shirin Patterson and the school’s Library Team (Euthelia Lafeuillé, Special Education, and Latoya Jonas, Principal’s Assistant) this school has a head start on rejuvenating their library in advance of the 2015-2016 Hands Wish Lists shipment. The school’s motto—“Achievement Comes with Dedication”—seems appropriate!
Delcer RC Combined School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Books by: Enid Blyton, H.G Wells, Charles Dickens, Barbara Park; The Famous Five, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew
ST. LUCIA
Dennery Infant School
203 students • Grades K to 2
Ms. Mary Flavien, Principal
Jilia Goldsmith Vento, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Success! A year ago, this school had no library. Now, thanks to literacy-minded Principal Flavien and Jilia Goldsmith Vento, an energetic U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, a library has been born! The walls and shelves sport bright colors, posters are on display, and the books have been color-coded according to reading level. During Christmas vacation a workshop was held for teachers wanting to join the budding library team and for pupils who wished to become student librarians. Hands sent the school 496 new books as part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists, and now a “top up” is needed to fill the gaps in the collection. This school is full of very excited student readers! What a difference a great library makes! Congratulations to all!
Dennery Infant School Wish List
Scholastic books of all kinds for Grades K to 2, including Leveled Readers and My First Phonics Readers Library). And Dr. Seuss and fairy tales, too.
ST. LUCIA
Derniere Riviere Combined School
177 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Martiana Smith, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The principal, Martiana Smith, at this medium-size rural school located in the Mabouya Valley is very excited about the Hands CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) program. At present, the school has no central library; each classroom has a small library corner. But that’s going to change—the school’s kitchen will be moved to make a space for the new library. This is a very bright and cheerful school, not only child-friendly but a fun place to be, and we expect the new library will be a welcoming and exciting place for the students. With 177 students, this school really needs about 1,400 books, but we’d like to start off with a shipment of 400-or-so books rather than swamp them with a large shipment, which can be counter-productive. When the new library is up and running, a second shipment is in order.If you are looking to adopt a school where you can make a big difference, Derniere Riviere Combined is it!
Derniere Riviere Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Des Barras Combined School
33 students • Grades K to 6
Ezra Joseph, Principal

Liz, Geoffrey, and Ethan adopted this project
Background from Hands: This small remote rural school, located at the end of a winding, rough road from Babonneau, is truly in the countryside. Principal Ezra Joseph is eager to create a vibrant lending library at the school, so eager that he drove to Babonneau to bring the Hands Literacy Link, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, to the school. A space is already available to start a library but there are no books at the school that are appropriate for the children. A clean-up to get rid of all the irrelevant “donation dumped” material (including two dozen copies of the autobiography of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—that’s hardly primary-school reading!) is in order. A “starter shipment” of great new books, plus the adoption of library start-up procedures, as outlined in the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, will get the students at this little school on the road to improved literacy
Des Barras Combined School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and Biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas; Goosebumps, Catching Fire, Bluford High, Lady Bug Girl, Winnie the Pooh, Hardy Boys
ST. LUCIA
Forestiere Methodist Combined School
79 students • Grades K to 6
Alphia Ernest, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This small rural school, located up in the hills above Castries, the capital city of St. Lucia, punches above its weight: Forestiere Methodist Combined placed first for all of St. Lucia in the 2014 Common Entrance (entry into high school) Exam. There are six grades and seven classes; each has its own classroom library. The school has received a brand new IT Lab (but unfortunately, with no technician and no one trained to operate it!), and a large space has been set aside for a library. Principal Ernest is excited about creating a vibrant lending library, and every teacher at the school has joined the Library Team. What they need now is an infusion of great new books from Hands.
Forestiere Methodist Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books (please specify quantities and titles in the ""My Special Requests" section); Chapter Books and Series Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
George Charles Secondary School
400 students • Grades 7 to 11
Wulston Alfred, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The story at this large rural secondary school is that the boys (who outnumber the girls, 4 to 1) need to catch up, literacy-wise. Test results in recent years have been disturbing; in 2013, only about 40% to 45% of the school took the CXC exam (equivalent to a high school graduation exam), and only 15% passed. But the school has put in place a number of literacy-building initiatives, including the rejuvenation of the school’s long-dormant library. The Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, filed this report on the transformation: “The library room is spacious and the floor is tiled, but when I first visited the shelves were filled with old dusty books and ancient encyclopedias. The room was windowless and hot and needed air conditioning. It was not an inviting place for any readers let alone reluctant ones. Luckily the energetic, then vice principal, Fiona Mayer, pushed to get the library operational again. The junk was removed, the old books discarded, and the shelves cleaned up just in time for the new books that arrived from Hands Across the Sea.”

The library is fully operational and a much more active place now. Students are borrowing books and are taking a great interest in reading. While Fiona Mayer has been promoted to Education Officer of District 4 and librarian Janelle Ross will be out on maternity leave soon, the library is in good hands with the head of the English Department, Abigail Joseph. Fiona has promised to make sure this school gets her attention and has requested that we support them again with more high-interest, low-level reading books as well as books about vocational careers.
George Charles Secondary School Wish List
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides
ST. LUCIA
Grace RC Combined School
136 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Jane Jawahill, Principal
Kimberly Hyden, U.S. Peace Corps

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Built on the grounds of the Catholic church, the school has a bright and cheerful environment with a dedicated principal and teaching staff. A library space and plan have already been set up, and a four-person Library Team, headed by Literacy Coordinator Nataki James-George, is raring to go. There was, of course, a lot of clearing out of the old, inappropriate “donation dumped” books to make way for the new ones (some staff were reluctant to throw away the antique encyclopedias. No one really likes to throw out a book.) The Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, walked the Library Team through the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, and delivered color-coding stickers and checkout-system index cards. Till new books from Hands arrive, the Peace Corps Volunteer Hyden and the Library Team will continue to cull the existing collection and color-code the remaining books
Grace RC Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books about Values and Morals; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books
ST. LUCIA
Gros Islet Infant School
167 students • Grades K to 2
Merlissa Joseph-Charles, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,200 goal
Background from Hands: Before the new books of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment arrived last November, Gros Islet Infant School had only a few books—mostly old and in poor repair. But they had enough space for a library. And most important, the principal and staff demonstrated a passion for books, reading and a library. After a preparatory visit by Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, the Hands Literacy Link on St. Lucia, in which she briefed the school administration on the methodology of the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, a library team was formed. Soon, work began on building and painting the shelves and color-coding the new books. There was an official opening of the library, and a handing-over ceremony with Kittel Raphael-Dubois and Alex Holder from the Sandals Foundation, Evariste John, Education Officer for District One, Rafer Gordon, Curriculum Officer for Language Arts, and Sally Rosemond, librarian at Gros Islet Public Library, in attendance—plus all of the school’s students. We'd like to assist Gros Islet Infant School again this year with a "top up" of new books to solidify their great foundation.
Gros Islet Infant School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Dr. Suess and other popular children's books
ST. LUCIA
Gros Islet Secondary School
497 students • Grades 7 to 11
Delia Alcindor-Charles, Principal
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Shana St. Rose, Learning Resource Coordinator

Background from Hands: One of the newest secondary schools in St. Lucia, this school caters for a wide cross-section of children, a number of whom (particularly the boys) are reading below grade level. This challenge can be overcome with proper equipment and facilities. A large resource room is already well-equipped with the 2013-2013 Wish Lists shipment of 600 new books from Hands (the school was chosen by Hands to be the recipient of a U.S. Embassy, Barbados, program that refurbished secondary school libraries). However, given its large student population, the school is overdue to receive new material.  Shana St. Rose, the energetic Learning Resource Coordinator, has already approached Hands for renewed assistance.
Gros Islet Secondary School Wish List
Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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La Croix Maingot Combined School
276 students • Grades K to 6
Christina Norley, Principal

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Background from Hands: The school’s three-person Library Team—Kiera Prescott-Joseph (Literacy Coordinator), Berthelina Avril (Grade 3), and Miranda Ellick-Dupré (Librarian/French Teacher)—is very dedicated to raising literacy levels at the school. This is a well-built and maintained school, thanks to Hess Oil, with a beautiful yard with trees. The library has a tiled floor and sturdy shelves, and is in use. However, most of the books are old, and the school needs to have a book sale, a cleanup, and a reorganization of the library. The Library Team is very excited about, and committed to working with Hands Across the Sea.
La Croix Maingot Combined School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
La Ressource Combined School
144 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Claret Rameau, Principal

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Background from Hands: Built in 1960 on the grounds of the Catholic Church, this old school still has classrooms separated only by blackboard partitions—thus it can be quite noisy inside! The school has received a brand new state-of-the-art IT Lab (but no IT technician). Hands has assisted the school with shipments of new books in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 (a total of 725 books), but the library space is still in progress—school staff are still cleaning up and making new wooden shelves. The school does not have a full-time librarian, but teachers run the show; there are presently four student librarians on the job, too!
La Ressource Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Les Etangs Combined School
183 students • Grades K to 6
Sabina Allain, Principal

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Background from Hands: This rural school is perched on a mountain ridge above the town of Soufriere with a view of St. Lucia’s world-famous icons, the twin 2,000-foot-high Pitons (as featured on the national flag). Space is at a premium at the school; the Principal is hoping for another building to be built to house the library. In the meantime, a small “resource room” space is available to create a small library. (Classroom libraries may be the answer at this school, if the resource room doesn’t work out.) In any case, the school is desperately in need of new, age- and culturally-appropriate books.
Les Etangs Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Nancy Drew, The Magic School Bus, Jolly Phonics Big Books, Amelia Bedelia, Dr. Seuss, Junie B. Jones, Captain Underpants, Babysitters Club, Goosebumps, Hardy Boys, Harry Potter, Dora, Curious George
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Marigot Secondary School
265 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mrs. Irene Dujon, Principal
Isha Dornelly, Learning Resource Coordinator

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Background from Hands: Built in 2006, this beautiful rural school has a large resource room that is already equipped with metal shelves ready to receive high-interest, low-reading-level books. Many of the children, mostly boys, did not pass the Grade 6 exam and do not read very well. This school has a long way to go to get their students to pass the Form 5 (Grade 11) exams, but Isha Dornelly, the energetic Learning Resource Coordinator, has big plans to step up the level of student reading, and literacy, at Marigot Secondary School.
Marigot Secondary School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Micoud Primary School
400 students • Grades K to 6
Annibertha Dantes, Principal
Emma Rizdon, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

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Background from Hands: Micoud is an underserved fishing and farming community on the relatively remote windward coast of St. Lucia, and in general the schools here receive less support than those located closer to “town” (Castries, the capital city). But Micoud Primary School has a number of things going for it. The school is spacious and a decent space with a tiled floor has been identified for the library. The Principal, Annibertha Dantes, is very interested in rejuvenating the library; she has contacted Hands several times, and a Library Team consisting of Grade 3 and Grade 4 teachers, has been formed. A serious clean-up is needed of the “donation dumped” books (plus, fumigation of the room for termites). The Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, is helping the school prepare the library and, when the books from Hands arrive, to color-code them and turn an empty room into an exciting, child-friendly lending library.
Micoud Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas
ST. LUCIA
Millet Primary School
103 students • Grades 3 to 6
Sophia Auguste-Lamontagne, Principal
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Velda Donovan & Marea Octave, Library Team

Background from Hands: Located in a beautiful spot in the hills in Millet, and separated from the Millet Infant School by the charming Ti Millet River, this school has a young and eager new Principal—she was very excited to meet the Hands team. There is a library, but it is filled with old, dusty and outdated books. The Library Team (Velda Donovan and Marea Octave, both Grade 3 teachers) is ready to sort out the old books, have a book sale to get rid of them, and organize the library space with the help of Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, the Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia.
Millet Primary School
Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Mongouge Combined School
113 students • Grades K to 6
Feria Modeste, Principal

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Background from Hands: Located in the south of St. Lucia between the villages of Soufriere and Choiseul, Mongouge Combined School was established in 1982 and serves 113 students from Grade K to Grade 6. When the Hands crew and the Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, first visited the school in May 2014, the library was cluttered with books from the community library which had been damaged by severe weather on the previous Christmas Eve. After the completion of the repairs at the community library, the library space was recovered at the school and work started on getting everything ready to receive the Hands shipment of 470 books in September 2014. The Mongouge Combined School library is now up and running, and the community librarian is helping the school’s library team with the organization and maintenance of the collection. The students can now “Thrive to Persevere,” as the school motto states, with the wide variety of brand new books received from Hands Across the Sea. What’s needed now is a “top up” of books to fill the gaps in their collection.
Mongouge Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Morne Du Don Primary School
289 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Julietta Charles, Principal
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Lynda Sargusingh, Library Coordinator

Background from Hands: A year ago, the library space at Morne Du Don Primary School was overstuffed with old, worn-out, inappropriate books that had been “donation dumped” on the school by misguided book-donation agencies. Children did not use the library because the books were old and inappropriate for their reading level. Now Morne Du Don Primary School has recently opened its reborn school library, and has its own team dedicated to child literacy: Principal Julietta Charles, Library Coordinator Lynda Sargusingh, Library Team members Diane Fostin and Andreulle Nurse, and the Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly. As part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, Hands Across the Sea sent the school 530 brand new books that had been requested by the school, including a new encyclopedia set, atlas, dictionary, and age-appropriate volumes of reference books. The library is now a cheerful, child-friendly place where every student can find a great book to read. We'd like to send more books to serve this new crop of eager readers.
Morne Du Don Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Enid Blyton, Dr.Seuss, Charlote's Web, The Giving Tree, Anne of Green Gables, Flat Stanley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Winne the Pooh; Judy Blume; Reading posters for the library
ST. LUCIA
Mon Repos RC Combined School
180 students • Grades K to 6
Marcellina Newton, Principal
Margaret Malzeire, Librarian

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Background from Hands: There’s work to do to rejuvenate the library at this school, located on the east coast between Dennery and Micoud, and the work has begun. First, a five-person Library Team, headed by Librarian Margaret Malzeire, was formed. The library was packed with old, termite-infested, obsolete books, and a clean-out was followed by a book sale (to raise funds for a tiled floor). After that, there were precious few decent books for children—just a few old-and-treasured Scholastic titles with damaged covers and pages. Everyone is enthusiastic about the progress and the prospect of new books from Hands.
Mon Repos RC Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Piaye Combined School
119 students • Grades K to 6
Sharon McDonald, Principal
Shera Pierre, Librarian
Patrick Zimet, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

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Background from Hands: Hands first assisted this rural school with the 2010-2011 Hands Wish Lists shipment of 1,500 books. At that time the roof of their school library had been torn off by Hurricane Tomas, and repairs have been ongoing ever since. But we have good news now: a brand new building to house the library and a small media room have been built with funds from the St. Lucia Social Development Bank and the World Bank. Now that Piaye Combined School has a Librarian, a Library Team (Eylim Henry, Naisia Thomas, and Patrick Zimet), and a nice new library space, the Principal is very excited about getting new books courtesy of the Hands CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) program!
Piaye Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Piaye Secondary School
500 students • Grades 7 to 11
Faye Wilson, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Irene Emmanuel, the vice-principal of this large rural high school, told Hands that “Reading is the missing piece of the puzzle in St. Lucia,” and said that testing had shown that many Grade 7 to Grade 10 students were reading at a grade 1 level. This rural school, located in a farming community far from St. Lucia's tourism highlights, has 500 students; nearly 300 are boys. Most are from a low socio-economic background. As part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, we sent the school a “starter set” of 315 brand new books (the existing collection was old and inappropriate); many of the new books are high-interest, low-level readers targeted to the interests of boys. The rejuvenated library is now operational in the good-sized Resource Room, and a Library Team has been created to create and maintain the fledgling library. The room itself needs livening up—murals by the art students and literacy posters would help.  Meanwhile, more shelves are being built by the school’s woodwork department. What Piaye Secondary School needs now is another similar-sized shipment of exciting books to keep the momentum going.
Piaye Secondary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides
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Plain View Combined School
620 students • Grades K to 6
Isla Sammie, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This is the largest primary school in St. Lucia, and it is located in a rural, low-income part of the island—the kind of school where an injection of great new books can really make the difference in children embracing books and reading. Fortunately, the school has a separate library for the 620 pupils, and with the 650 new, age-appropriate books of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, as well as library supplies to help the staff set up child-friendly shelving and a check-out system, the library is being reborn. Another similar-size shipment of new books is needed to serve this large school population.
Plain View Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; The Kite, Mary and Her Basket, John and Paul go to School, Peter and His Book, Sam's Ball, The Big Race, The Queen's Handkerchief,Four Clever People, In The Cave, Nine Stories about People, People and Things, Doctor Knows it All, The Bottle Imp
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Saltibus RC Combined School
109 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Joyceline Nuptial-Charles, Principal
Ms. Alvina Dennis, Literacy Coordinator

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Background from Ms. Alvina Denis, Literacy Coordinator: “In our quest to develop our students’ literacy skills, the Literacy Committee of the Saltibus Combined School has embarked on the establishment of a school library. Consequently, we humbly request your assistance in sourcing some books so that our students can engage in varied and informative reading. We have identified a room in our administrative wing and are currently working assiduously to have our library fully operational by May 2015. It is hoped that this library will engage students actively in books of different genres thereby increasing their ability to become motivated, independent, strategic, and competent readers, writers, and thinkers. At the Saltibus Combined School our mission is to ensure that every student masters at least the basic literacy skills to become functional in our changing society. Your donation of books will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal.”
Saltibus RC Combined School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books;Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
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Soufriere Primary School
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
233 students • Grades K to 6
Felix Gill, Principal

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Background from Hands: This is a progressive, child-friendly school with a great library—Principal Gill and his teachers are creative and highly committed to raising the literacy level of their students. The library is a welcoming, comfortable, child-friendly place with a comfy couch and padded benches. The Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, also works closely with the school. The staff at Soufriere Primary School followed suggestions in the Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools to make the books in their school library as appealing and accessible as possible. Books are being borrowed on a daily basis by students who now can’t wait for their library period to come around—every class in the school spends some time reading in the library at least once a week. The Teacher in Charge of the library, Ms. Cecilia Clovis, reports: “Our boys have become hooked on books like Horrid Henry and Captain Underpants. Our girls are in love with Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House.” Other favorites include A-Z Mysteries, Magic School Bus, Nancy Drew, and Goosebumps. Students are also encouraged to read widely, a goal made possible by the broad range of books supplied by Hands Across the Sea. Recognizing the school’s dedication to excellence in raising child literacy levels, we have awarded Soufriere Primary School the 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award for St. Lucia.
Soufriere Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Junie B. Jones, Horrid Henry, Shakespeare Tales for Kids, Animorphs; Teacher resources books to teach phonics; Building Blocks of Science; TFK Biograhies-Rosa Parks; Enid Blyton stories; primary school dictionaries; illustrated dictionaries

ST. LUCIA
Ti Rocher RC Primary School
140 students • Grades K to 6
Judy Johanes, Principal
Andrea Gajadhar, Library Team

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This medium-size primary school, located up in the hills above Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, needs a real library! At the moment, the Special Education classroom does double duty as a resource room and a library—but the selection of books is small and wildly inappropriate (the usual “donation dumped” fare of spy novels and university textbooks). Only a few decent books are available; every class has its little own shelf of dog-eared books. This school has been recommended to us by a local parent, who has been impressed with the enthusiasm of Principal Johannes. A library transformation is certainly possible here!
Ti Rocher RC Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
ST. LUCIA
Vide Bouteille Primary School
460 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Elizabeth Prudent, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: When Jacqueline Vidal-Atherly, the Hands Literacy Link for St. Lucia, first visited this school in May 2014, the library was in a very sorry state—cluttered with sports equipment, musical instruments, cardboard boxes, and a handful of inappropriate, old dusty books. After discussions with teacher Melissa Hippolyte, Vidal-Atherly and some school staff started cleaning and clearing out the space. A book sale was organized and over EC $1,000 was collected, which was used to paint and retile the room. The rejuvenated library was ready in September when the 2014-2015 shipment of 563 new books from Hands arrived. The books were quickly color-coded and displayed on the newly-painted shelves. What’s needed now is a “top up” of new books, enough to serve this large student population.
Vide Bouteille Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Book types: Teen Issues, Healthy Living; Judy Blume; Goosebumps, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Boxcar Children
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ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Barrouallie Anglican Primary School
221 students • Grades K to 6
Adonis Charles, Principal
Anthony Toney, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,200 goal
Background from Hands: This bustling school has a classroom-size library space with plenty of shelving, but is desperately in need of new, appropriate books. U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Anthony Toney (photo), a young man from the San Francisco area, has considerable literacy-teaching and student-counseling skills, and he is also highly enthusiastic about revitalizing the school’s long-dormant library. He has the full support of Principal Adonis Charles. With the new U.S. Peace Corps child literacy initiative, every Volunteer in a St. Vincent school will be succeeded by another Peace Corps Volunteer (each has a two-year service period) over a six-year period—a major boost to the long-term sustainability of the school library.
Barrouallie Anglican Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographiess
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Belmont Government School
183 students • Grades K to 6
Bernadette Craigg, Principal
Kathleen Joyles, Literacy Coordinator/Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: “Help!” said Literacy Coordinator Kathleen Joyles when Hands visited this school, perched atop a mountain ridge between the capital city, Kingstown, and St. Vincent’s fertile Mesopotamia Valley. “We really need help with our library.” Belmont Government School’s library space, half of a classroom, has plenty of shelving but completely lacks appropriate reading material for children. While we encounter the “we have no books” situation at virtually every school we visit, the bright spot here is that Mrs. Joyles has already set about rejuvenating the library, painting the walls with vivid colors to attract children to the space. Mrs. Joyles is culling the existing collection of old, moldy books by having a book sale, a giveaway, or taking them to be incinerated—a vital first step so that when the new books from Hands arrive they can be color-coded and placed on the shelves quickly for borrowing by students.
Belmont Government School Wish List
oard Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Baby Sitters Club, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Lady Bird
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Bethel High School
603 students • Grades 7 to 11
Mrs. Miriam Pompey, Principal
Mrs. McMaster, Librarian

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $7800 goal
Background from Hands: This school, to which are sent mostly underperforming students from a wide catchment area, has a spacious, well equipped library, complete with metal shelving, lots of chairs and tables for reading and working, and a checkout system. The real strength at Bethel High School is the quality and commitment of the leadership, from Principal Miriam Pomprey to Mrs. McMaster, the librarian, and Mrs. Joseph, HOD English.

The school regularly receives old, donated books from well-meaning donors, but the books are almost never appropriate for the students—or the teachers. We looked in the boxes of the latest donation—hundreds of outdated, American workbooks that don’t fit the syllabus—which is destined to pile up in the library with the rest of the inappropriate books. The principal and librarian detest the constant stream of old, unwanted books that are “donation dumped” on the school, and will be culling the unusable books (book sale, giveaway, or incineration) prior to the arrival of new books from Hands. Because this is a large school that is virtually starting from scratch to build their library, we see, at minimum, a three-year commitment (“starter set”; strengthen the collection; fill the gaps) to establish a proper library for the students and teachers.
Bethel High School Wish List
High Interest, Low Reading Level Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Relationships, Teen Issues and Healthy Living; "Fact Books" such as DK EyeWitness and Biographies; Young Adult Fiction; Books about Values and Morals; CXC Exam Study Guides; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Books on different sporting disciplines: soccer, cricket, basketball, athletics, netball
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Buccament Government School
Winner, 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award
200 students • Grades K to 6
Susan Jackson Abraham, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Just about the first thing you’ll notice when you visit Buccament Government School, a medium-size school of 300 Kindergarten to Grade 6 students nestled high up a valley in the village of Dubois on St. Vincent’s leeward (west) coast, are the vocabulary lists painted on the wall next to the library. This school takes literacy seriously! It’s also an institution where the lending library has become an integral and essential part of school life—that’s a sure sign of excellence in child literacy. Hands first became acquainted with the school and then-Principal Artis Robinson back in 2011-2013, when the library was already on the way to becoming its present rock-solid presence. When the present Principal, Susan Jackson Abraham, took over (Mr. Robinson retired) she continued to nurture the library. The library space is on the small side, but it is obviously well-loved and well-used by the students. And that is the point. A school library serves the students—they use it to do research for class projects, to explore new worlds through the pages of a book, and to share the experience and joy of reading. Along the way, of course, they are honing their all-important literacy skills: vocabulary, grammar, writing, analysis and critical thinking, and verbal expression. But when you’re deep into a book you love, it doesn’t really seem like work (or even homework). This is why, we suspect, that the lending library at Buccament Government School has become such a popular and enduring part of the school’s landscape. As winners of the 2014-2015 Hands Literacy Award for St. Vincent, we'll be sending them their prize of $2,000 in brand new books of their choosing.
Buccament Government School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies
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Colonaire Government School
107 students • Grades K to 6
Wane Dabriel, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands:This is a small school located on the southeast coast of St. Vincent. The Principal, Mr. Wane Dabriel, has recently been appointed to the post having spent many years as Principal of Pamelus Burke Government School. He is keen to start a library at Colonarie Government School and has a room that has been used for storing junk. He is presently clearing out the room and converting some large cupboards into open shelving. He still needs more shelving and chairs—as well as lots of books for all ages and interests.
Colonaire Government School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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C. W. Prescod Primary School
770 students • Grades K to 6
Yvette Antoine, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: with 770 students, this school, located in the urban heart of Kingstown, the capital city, is one of the biggest in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The school library is a large room on the top floor which, thanks to a lot of effort on the part of the staff, is now renovated with new shelves and cheery yellow paint. There was a major problem with rats and pigeons on and under the roof, but that has been fixed. We were delighted to see the transformation of this room and the enthusiasm by the students for new books. The students let us know that they'd like more mysteries, Goosebumps, Junie B. Jones, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid!
C. W. Prescod Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Goosebumps, Baby Sitters' Club, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, A-Z Mysteries, Magic Tree House, Dear Dumb Diary, The Magic School Bus, Dora, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Lotus Lane
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Georgetown Government School
380 students • Grades K to 6
Paula Blake-Toney, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Georgetown Government School is a large primary school on St. Vincent’s rural, windward coast. It was refurbished by the government a few years ago so that it could be used as a hurricane shelter. In the course of the refurbishment, a room was set aside to be used as the library. The space is large and airy but rather bare, with minimal shelving and few seats. As part of her literacy work, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara Robert organized a library committee consisting of very enthusiastic students, and books were borrowed quite regularly. A YES Program (government employment scheme) worker, Ms. Munroe, was assigned to help.

There was an urgent need for more books to help fill the almost-empty shelves and to provide fresh new reading matter for the students. Everyone was thrilled when the new books, part of the 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment, arrived in October 2014—the Hands Literacy Link for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Elaine Ollivierre, accompanied the Courts furniture truck that delivered the books, just one of her multiple hands-on interactions with the school and staff members. The new books were immediately inventoried and put on the shelves. Principal Mrs. Paula Blake-Toney is pleased now that the library is in almost constant use. The bare space is gradually being filled, although more seating is still needed. An alphabet floor mat from Hands helped to brighten up the room, and a mural on one wall will enhance the space when it is completed. Another shipment of new books is needed to serve the school’s 380 students.
Georgetown Government School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Do Like Kyla, Allie's Basketball Dream, Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, Bears, Bears, Everywhere, The Lion and the Mouse, Splish, Splash!, Aliens Ate My Homework, Freaky Friday, School Is Cool!, The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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Lauders Primary School
144 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Maria Peters, Principal
Mrs. Allison Patchen-Ng, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: The U.S. Peace Corps volunteer assigned to this school, Mrs. Allison Patchen-Ng, contacted Hands Across the Sea about obtaining books for a new school library. The school presently uses a small nook in the staff room (photo) to house and lend out the few (old, tattered, moldy!) library books in their collection. However, Patchen-Ng, together with her Principal, Ms. Marcia Peters, and Literacy Coordinator, Mrs. Edmira Walker, have an ambitious plan to convert what was an IT room into a literacy and learning resource centre. They have approached the Mustique Charitable Trust for help with furniture, and they hope that Hands will help by sending a supply of new, appropriate books. Mrs. Patchen-Ng is taking a multipurpose approach to raising literacy levels at the school by utilizing a “rapid readers” online program as well as a “listening center” (headphones connected to a phonics program on her laptop) to bring remedial readers up to grade level.
Lauders Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Goosebumps, Dear Dumb Diary, books by Roald Dahl
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Lowmans Windward Anglican School
81 students • Grades K to 6
Nicole Ollivierre-Barnwell, Principal
Geoffrey Ng, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $6,900 goal
Background from Hands:U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Geoffrey Ng, the husband of Allison Patchen-Ng, is similarly switched-on and passionate about child literacy and a new library for his assigned school. Because the school’s present library space is inadequate, Ng has created a seven-person Library Committee, which quickly identified an abandoned classroom as the potential new home of the library. But the room needs repairs to the ceiling, walls, and room partition, along with new bookshelves and paint; a community carpenter was found and has given the committee an estimate for the work. Meanwhile, the students are hungry for books. “Many of the students are reading the same book over and over again due to the school’s limited selection,” says Ng. We would like to raise the money for a cash grant for room repairs to be completed over the summer, in time for the arrival of new books from Hands in September 2015.
Lowmans Windward Anglican School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Dr. Seuss, Judy Moody, The Magic School Bus, Ladybird, Children's Encyclopedia, Concept Books (shapes and colours for K-1), Aesop's Fables, Enid Blyton's Flyaway Money
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Mary Hutchinson Primary School
115 students • Grades K to 6
Ms. Claudia John, Principal

Galley Bay Resort & Spa adopted this project
Background from Hands: It’s a new day at Mary Hutchinson Primary School. The energy comes from the new Principal, Ms. Claudia John, who transformed a storeroom into a cool little library. The books are displayed in an enticing, accessible fashion—covers are facing out, and books for kindergartners are on the lower shelves, chapter books for grades 5 to 6 are on the upper shelves). Making the most of a small space, a nucleus of literacy (otherwise known as a lending library) has come to this school. The students are excited. And they are reading. What a difference the leadership of a great principal makes! What the school needs now is a "top up" of great new books to fill the gaps in their collection.
Mary Hutchinson Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; At the Big Store, A House for Mouse, Look What I Can Do, A Piggy for Pedro, The New Kid, Game Day, Dad's Cake, Alan and the Animals, I Like to Win, Party Time, Angel on the Square, The Face on the Milk Carton, Just Ella, The Slave Dancer, Homecoming, The Best School Year Ever, A Grain of Rice, A Lttle House on the Priarie, Surfs up!, Hello Baby, Julian Dream, Cracker Jackson
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NaiMa Dynamites Book Club
50 children • Ages 6 to 12
Ms. Devern London, Director

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $2,200 goal
Background from Hands: NaiMa Dynamites Book Club (NaiMa means tender love and care) is a St. Vincent nonprofit that assists struggling readers to help them develop a love of books, and in doing so reach their true potential, while working to enhance or promote the skills of independent readers. The NaiMa DynamitesBook Club targets children from the ages of 6 to 12. The programs on offer include play dates, learning journeys, and community service or outreach. The programs are divided in quarters. Each quarter focuses on one of the language arts component: spelling and vocabulary; creative writing and grammar; and poetry, reading and comprehension, along with community service. The activities include: buddy reading, shared reading,  individual reading (through mentorship sessions), book discussions, arts and crafts, games or play-dates, dramatization or role playing, show and tell, learning journeys or field trips. The program also integrates the learning of values and best practices regarding behavior, habits, and how to give back.The NaiMa Dynamites Book Club needs reading books and resources.
NaiMa Dynamites Book Club Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Owia Government School
174 students • Grades K to 6
Natasha Nero, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Hands Across the Sea first assisted this rural school, perched on a rocky ridge overlooking the sea on St. Vincent’s windswept east coast, with a shipment of books back in 2011-2012. At that time a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer was creating a library in an empty classroom—the library was memorable for its literacy-and-marine-mammals mural! The library is still a great space, with a tiled floor and beautiful new bookshelves, but from the empty shelving it’s clear that the school needs more books. Blue Lagoon Marina & Hotel has stepped up to support the school with a shipment of brand new books from Hands.
Owia Government School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Paget Farm Primary School
156 students • Grades K to 6
Annette Mckree, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $5,600 goal
Background from Hands: Located on the gumdrop tropical isle of Bequia, a haven for yachties and vacationers in waterview villas, Paget Farm Primary School is an older primary school that needs resources, support—and a library. For years, Paget Farm Primary School has been working to get books into the hands of its students. The school is set up in the traditional style: long, one-room buildings with classrooms separated by chalkboards. Under the former principal, there were classroom libraries, but unfortunately this approach was not as successful as hoped. With a new principal, Mrs. Annette Mckree (right, in photo, with Hands Literacy Link Elaine Ollivierre), the school has taken the initiative to allocate space for a centrally located library. Thanks to hard work by local volunteers Craig and Judy Pauly, the library space is now freshly painted, the shelves have been repaired, and all that’s needed now are new books. Elaine Ollivierre, who is a Bequia resident, will visit the school in the fall and make sure that they have a check-out system in place to let students borrow the books and take them home.
Paget Farm Primary School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas)
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Pamelus Burke Government School
125 students • Grades K to 6
Jasmine Spencer, Principal

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This school is situated in the farming-and-fishing village of Byera, south of Georgetown on the windward coast of St. Vincent. It has a large purpose-built library space. Principal Mrs. Jasmine Spencer was appointed to the post in September 2014 from Diamond Government School, which received the 2012-2013 Hands Literacy Award for St. Vincent. So Principal Spencer is determined to bring this library up to scratch! While they have plenty of shelf space and furniture, they need more books. The school received 1,000 books as part of the 2010-2011 Hands Wish Lists shipment but their space could take more. Library Assistant Ms. Cox is a YES programme worker in her second year. The Hands Literacy Link for St. Vincent, Elaine Ollivierre, suggested that, like Sandy Bay Primary School, the library could be arranged so that a part of it can be classroom space for language classes and presentations.
Pamelus Burke Government School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Big Books; Class sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Reference Books (encyclopedia set, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas); Young Adult Fiction; Lady Bird, Dr Seuss, Diary of a Wimpy Kid; puzzle books; mathematics workbooks
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Richland Park Government School
198 students • Grades K to 6
Carol Miller, Principal
Allison Smith, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: Principal Carol Miller is enthusiastic about creating a real library at her school, and already has an ideally-sized, second-floor room with closeable aluminum windows that will help preserve the books from moisture, dust and mold. Principal Miller has already raised E.C. $800 to have the floor tiled and bookshelves built; the labor will be donated. At the moment, the school has precious few books for the students. (In late 2014, Hands shipped 100 new books to get them started.) Mrs. Miller has the considerable help of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Allison Smith, and she will also have to enlist her staff, as well as parents and community members, to make it all happen. We think she will!
Richland Park Government School Wish List
Storybooks & Picture Books; Big Books; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books about Values and Morals
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Stephanie Browne Primary School
145 students • Grades K to 6
Lorette Coy-James, Principal

Galley Bay Resort & Spa adopted this project
Background from Hands: Even before Lorette Coy-James became the Principal of Stephanie Browne Primary School (located on Union Island in the Grenadines), she created a library at the school—that's how strong her enduring commitment to literacy is. Over the years her energy and enthusiasm for sustaining the library has not flagged. We’ve seen this library function sustainably through the eight years we have been running Hands Across the Sea. The commitment to raising the literacy of students at Stephanie Browne Primary School, a winner of the 2012-2013 Hands Literacy Award, has never wavered.
Stephanie Browne Primary School Wish List
Board Books; Leveled Readers; Chapter Books and Series Books; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; Books about Values and Morals; Class Sets (6 in a set) of Guided Reading Books; A-Z Mysteries, Magic Tree House, Julian Story, Austin and Ali, Fly Guy
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Troumaca Government School
205 students • Grades K to 6
Mrs. Deanah Heywood, Principal
Joetta Cline, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Click to adopt all or part of this project: $4,350 goal
Background from Hands: This fairly large rural school is situated on mainland St. Vincent’s rugged northwest (leeward) coast; in this farming-and-fishing community, most of the students come from underprivileged families. The principal, Mrs. Deanah Heywood, and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Joetta Cline, are embarking on a rebirth of the school library. The library is a classroom-size space with plenty of shelving and a lot of books—but most of them are quite old and need replacing. Heywood and Cline say the school desperately needs “books for boys” (high-interest, low-reading-level books about adventure, superheroes, cars, trucks, and animals) and early readers for the younger students. Cline regularly holds reading classes using the Rapid Reader series (Hilo books from Heinemann), Sight Word Readers from Scholastic, Jolly Learning books (associated with Jolly Phonics) and the Oxford Reading Tree series. These books, as are all of the books at the school, are well-worn if not worn out. The library is open at lunchtime every day (except Wednesdays when Cline has reading classes). All literacy systems are “going” at the school—all that’s needed is a big infusion of new, targeted books.
Troumaca Government School Wish List
Board Books; Storybooks & Picture Books; Leveled Readers; Books for Boys; Books for Girls; "Fact books" (such as DK EyeWonder and Scholastic True Books) and biographies; Rapid Readers, Books with Caribbean interest