Saltibus RC Combined School
The Most Beautiful Idea in the School. What is the purpose of a library? Is the purpose to look orderly and beautiful, or is it to enable beautiful thinking and exciting discoveries, and to open the door to new ideas and opportunities? At Saltibus RC Combined School, a 110-student rural school way up in the mountains of the southern end of St. Lucia, school staffers have created a library that is beautiful in every sense of the word. And it’s all working in real life. Teachers read aloud to their classes when they bring them to the library. The library is a very busy place during Literacy Month (May), when activities include: Character Day, Get Caught Reading, Reading 50 Books Competition, Sustained Silent Reading, Drop Everything and Read. There are also activities for parents and school staff: Spelling Quiz, Elocution, Essay Competition, Round Robin Reading, and more. The school has a Student Librarian program in operation, too. All of which makes the library—and the Principal, teachers, and students responsible for it—a beautiful thing.
ST. LUCIA Honorable Mentions: Ave Maria RC Primary School • Bexon Primary School • Canaries Infant School • Deniere Riviere Combined School • Desruisseaux RC Combined School • Jon Odlum Secondary School • Laborie RC Boys Primary School • Roseau RC Combined School • Vide Bouteille Primary School
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Charlestown Primary School
When Creativity Spurs Literacy. A dynamic duo at Charlestown Primary School—Principal Latoya Jeffers and Librarian Eulana Weekes-Batson—have created an irresistible, candy-colored library that draws children inside, where they find over 1,000 new amazing books from Hands and fun activities that make books and reading come alive. Heidi Fagerberg, the Hands Literacy Link for St. Kitts and Nevis, reports: “The children, especially the boys, are showing great interest in the library. They are not only reading but helping to stamp books, open the windows, and make book pockets. The school has also started a Saturday Book Club where they read storybooks, do a word-search puzzle, play ‘hangman,’ and have discussions about what they have read. They regularly invent literacy activities, such as a ‘Book Blast’ with ice cream, where a child has to summarize their book in one minute in order to have an ice cream. There’s another activity called a ‘Book Fiesta’ where books are on display as the story is being dramatized by children, cookbooks are on display along with prepared foods, and a class libraries competition is held.” For pure creativity and inventiveness, Hands has awarded Charlestown Primary School (328 children, located on Nevis) the 2016-2017 Hands Literacy Award for St. Kitts and Nevis.
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS Honorable Mentions: Cayon High School (St. Kitts) • Dr. William Connor Primary School (St. Kitts) • Gingerland Secondary School (Nevis) • Sandy Point Primary School (St. Kitts) • St. James Primary School (Nevis) • Tucker Clarke Primary School (St. Kitts)