Hands Rewards Literacy Efforts in the Caribbean

Hands Across the Sea was one of the Wadadli Pen 2013 patrons – pledging US$500 worth of books to the primary and secondary schools with the most submissions. Yay! The winners were St. John’s Catholic Primary and Antigua Girls High School.

We remain thankful for their support…and really for all the work they’re doing to encourage literacy and the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda and throughout the region.

On that note, and to the point of this post, I wanted to share what they’ve been doing to reward schools that are leading the way in advancing literacy. Let’s hear it for positive reinforcement!

Congrats (belatedly) to the winners of the Hands Literacy Award for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Villa Primary in Antigua

“Testament to a Team Effort.
Back in December of 2010 when U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Ina Howe decided to create a borrowing library at Villa Primary, the school had been without a functioning library for 15 years. Howe, along with former school principals Mrs. King and Mrs. James, began raising money for books and getting teachers, parents, local businesses, and craftsmen involved in the project. First, the school’s groundskeeper, Mr. Grotton, helped clear out a room for the library; Mr. Brown from the Ministry of Education had screens put on the windows; former Villa teacher Bernard Mason enlisted the Villa Church of Christ and Hill Crest Church of Christ (in Texas) to donate paint and send a group of Abilene Christian University students in to paint the library; and local artist Edison Liburd painted the library’s murals, with paint donated by H&G Paint. Howe continued her long-distance campaign to raise money from family and friends back home in Oregon, and soon books arrived from the literacy group IACL and from Hands Across the Sea (Hands shipped a total of 1,300 books over two years). Along the way, Villa staff members Mrs. Leah Robinson (Deputy Principal), Mrs. Barbara Christopher (Reading Teacher), and Ms. Delina Graham (Grade K Teacher) were instrumental in bringing the library to life. Villa Primary School’s library was officially opened in November of 2011. One year later, the library’s success has been measured not only by its bright, welcoming appearance and organized bookshelves and reading tables, but by the high number of books read or taken home every week by Villa’s 295 students.
Congratulations, Villa Primary!
ANTIGUA
Honorable Mentions:
Kids Unlimited Primary School
New Winthorpe Primary School
St. John’s Lutheran School
St. Mary’s Secondary School”

For more, read this report of all their work in Antigua and Barbuda over the past year.

Here are the other Hands award winning schools from elsewhere in the region:

Penville Primary and Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in Dominica

Richfond Combined School and Bon Terre Prep in St. Lucia

Corinth Government School and Grenville Secondary in Grenada

Cane End Government School, Diamond Government School, Stephanie Browne Primary School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tyrell Williams Primary School and Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School in St. Kitts and Nevis

Congrats to them all.

Want to help Hands lend a hand?? You can donate cash, books, or help Hands host a fundraiser. Scroll to the bottom of the link to find out how.

Read other Hands related posts here on Wadadli Pen:

Who’s Hands?

Read Aloud

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