I discovered this worthy cause on Twitter. I was so surprised to see a charity focused on the Caribbean islands, especially Dominica where my husband and his family were born! From helping the teachers with Literacy Lynx, to delivering thousands of books a year, Hands Across the Sea, Inc. helps kids learn to read, and become life-long readers.
Hands Across the Sea is having a powerful impact on the children in the Caribbean in giving them opportunity through literacy! This year, Hands Across the Sea has developed Teacher Training workshops and a 180-page publication called the Teachers Resource Guide to the Library to equip and support K-3 educators in utilizing the resources we have sent over the years. Hands Across the Sea has Remedial Reading Toolkits to more than 60 secondary schools and has developed teacher training workshops to support educators in utilizing its tools with their teen struggling readers.
Hands Across the Sea continues to send thousands of new, vibrant, and enriching picture books and chapter books that children can connect with to school libraries. In addition, Hands trains students to be librarians and guardians of the libraries through our Student Librarian training program. Hands Across the Sea has one to two program officers in each country called Literacy Links, and they monitor the schools on an ongoing basis and provide support to educators to make sure the libraries remain relevant and sustainable. Literacy Links also document the borrowing records during a school visit to track how much each library is being utilized. Hands Across the Sea also tracks the growth of school libraries with a student to book ratio. Hands Across the Sea has quality controls in place to monitor the progress of each school by reviewing Library Monitoring Forms and working with principals and school staff through our Literacy Links to develop action plans for the areas that are in need of growth. This is huge, because not only does Hands establish new libraries--Hands sustains them for generations and generations of students to come!
The Stephanie Browne Primary School Clifton, Union Island has been receiving support with books and school supplies from the Hands Across The Seas since 2011 and has been, every year since.
It was indeed a well needed supplement for the School Library. It helps to make the children have fun reading a variety of books and open up their minds to being inquisitive about things happening in the world.
Thank You Very much Hands Across the Seas.
Hands across the seas in collaboration with The Early Learners Program (ELP) are geared towards curbing the literacy deficiency within our schools. Hands across the seas is at present creating libraries within all the primary schools on the island. Not only are they creating the libraries but are providing books that will aid teachers and students in the teaching and learning process.
This didactic approach is to ensure that all school children gain the opportunity to become literate. The books are carefully selected to aid in the development of literacy skills such as comprehension, fluency, decoding, making predictions and inferring.
Our library officially opened in January of this year, with the aid of Mrs. Clara Paul, Hands across the seas coordinator. We at the Odsan Combined School are indeed grateful for this facility, as it plays an integral part in our instructions. We look forward to the continued support from Hands Across the Seas and will work diligently to help in increasing the literacy skills of our students.
We the principal, staff and students of the Grenada Christian Academy school take this opportunity to extend thanks and appreciation to Hands Across The Sea for the generous donation over the years.
With the wide variety of books received we are able to have a reading competition evert term and it has helped to raise the literacy level at the school. We are looking forward to including the community members and parents to be part of the library for the new school year.
We would forever be grateful for these donations.
Delinjah Rennie. Grenada Christian Academy. Librarian
Hands across the Sea has been instrumental in the development of the our School's Library at the Liberta Primary school in Antigua and Barbuda.As the teacher librarian I am proud and grateful for the partnership with hands and the support that our library has been given.Special thank you to the Mr and Mrs.Linski for their care and continued support.To Mrs.Tomlison thank you for always being just a phone call away with support and encouragement.To all the donors thank you for opening up your hearts in assisting our Island to improve the literacy levels of our children.
Liberta Primary School
we the principal ,staff and student of the St.Dominic's R.C school extend sincere thanks and appreciation for the donation of books and educational supplies to our students . the books are colourful, quite suitable to our level and child friendly. our students and teachers are excited and are looking forward to using these resources. we are forever grateful that you have shown interest in our students becoming better researches and fluent readers . you made us very happy. thank you. Latoya Christopher St.Dominic's R.c School Librarian
The Charlewsorth T Samuel Primary School in Antigua has benefitted from the donation of books from Hands Across the Sea. Our students have a renewed interest in Reading. We were able to set up individual classroom libraries and reading corners. The students look forward to relaxing in the reading corners with a book during our Drop Everything And Read sessions. We will be doing our best to get a school library established in the upcoming school year. Thanks, Hands Across the Sea.
Lauders Primary School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has benefited tremendously from donations from Hands Across the Sea. In the Fall of 2017, we received a windfall of wonderful leveled readers, including the King Series with small tubs to keep them neatly shelved. These we have used daily with students to motivate them and improve their reading. It was especially helpful to be given multiple copies of books for small group teaching and guided reading practice. In addition, Hands Across the Sea provided materials to process the books. The administrators of the Hands Across the Sea program personally visited our school to see how we were doing with the new materials and to get feedback about the program. It is a blessing to have their help and it has indeed positively impacted our reading program and student success. I like the practice Hands Across the Sea uses of asking schools for a wish list and striving to meet the request with suitable books.
Lauders Primary School
The staff and students of the St. John's Christian Secondary School are extremely grateful for the generous donation of books received from Hands Across the Sea, Inc over the years.
The books that we have received are very relevant and the content is aligned to the interest of the students. This non profit organisation has brought smiles to the faces of the students of this institution. There are many students who have a passion for reading however due to financial constraints their family members may not be able to purchase additional reading materials for them.
This non profit organisation is outstanding in the service it provides as it relates to the sourcing and delivery of books in very good condition. Additionally Thom and Harriet Limsky have demonstrated great love for the students. The organisation has granted our students the opportunity to dream and strive for future success.
Our prayer as a learning institution is that this organisation will continue to receive support so that they will be able to touch many more your lives.
The Principal, staff and students of the Clare Hall Secondary School are extremely grateful for the generosity of the team at Hands Across the Sea. Your contribution of books has served to reignite a passion for reading among our very diverse student population, and has also made our after school "book club" a major hit.
It is also important to point out that in addition to the age appropriate titles, we have also been the beneficiary of additional resources which have significantly aided in literacy development among our struggling students.
We look forward to continued good relations with Hands Across the Sea, and wish you every success in your future ventures.
Hands Across the Sea has certainly made our wishes come true and we will be forever appreciative of this meaningful and timely contribution. The Principal, Staff and Students of the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (Grenada) wish to extend profound gratitude to Hands Across the Sea for the generous donation of learning resources. This gift came at a time when we were campaigning for more books for our library to add quantity, quality, variety and depth to the reading materials we provide for our students. We feel very fortunate to be the recipients of all the books on our wish list, educational games, charts and teaching aids which adorn our library walls and are used by our teachers in the classroom and also resources to support our literacy programme. Our staff and students have been making optimal use of these resources and we have seen heightened interest in reading. Our students are spending more time in the library and are enthusiastically exploring a variety of reading materials. Our library has been enhanced and the benefits are already visible in the reading, writing and general expression of our students. We look forward to continued support from Hands Across The Sea and pray every blessing on this wonderful non- profit organization. Our School, our library is a better place because of your help. Thanks for investing in the lives of our students and shaping their futures.
St. Andrew's Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) Family
The Questelles Government School is extremely grateful for the donation of literacy resources from Hands Across the Sea. This timely intervention has resulted in renewed interest in reading among our student population, and teachers have been offered additional options for literacy instruction. I must point out that all of the resources are brand new, and not only are the titles exciting, but they cater for students' diverse needs and interests. The additional technical support that we have received cements the fact that the organization is committed to its mission. Thank you, Hands Across the Sea! We look forward to your continued support.
The Principal, Staff and Students of the Cedar Grove Primary School in Antigua convey profound gratitude and appreciation, to the Hands Across the Sea Organization, and representative, Mrs. Lisa Tomlinson, for the generous contribution of books to the school over the years. We can assure you that your timely donation has serve to enhance our Literacy Programme whereby a large range of books are made available to students from Kindergarten through Grade 6. Not only the quantity but the quality of books is quite impressive. The Library is now a place frequented by students throughout the day. This renewed interest in the Library is largely due to the many action-packed books which you provided that the children find enthralling. We are also able to complement this fun reading with a scheduled Library Period for each class. We are now seeing a definite improvement in the reading of our students and must again say ‘Thanks a Million’ to Hands Across the Sea and Partners for this priceless gesture. We look forward to your continued support as we endeavour to enhance the literacy environment for our students even further.
The Staff and students of the George Stephens Senior Secondary School joined hands with Hands Across the years many years ago and the support we have received from this non-profit organisation far exceeded our expectations.This year alone we received phonic packets, differentiated word sorts word and sentence building charts, high interest low level (hi-low) reading books among other things. It is for this reason that we express our sincerest gratitude.
These donations go a along way to augment our existing reading remediation programme and our school library. The books and other materials generate and sustain interest in reading in the most critical students in reading.
We do anticipate a continued relationship with Hands Across the Seas now and in the future.
The Millet Primary School's library is presently the most appealing room on the school's compound. Thanks to the generous contribution of Hands Across The Sea who have donated interesting, colorful and exciting literature for students' use. Students are now highly motivated to read and no prompting is required from teachers to get students to visit the library. Such intensive motivation has led to an improvement in the performance of Language Arts at the school. The student librarians were comprehensively trained by Mrs. Clara Paul , local representative of Hands Across The Sea , and they are now able to play an active role in the library's operation on a daily basis. Millet Primary School is grateful for the assistance given to us by Harriet and Tom , and hope that they are in return given support to continue to reach out to schools. We thank you "Hands Across The Sea."
On behalf of the students and teachers of the Richland Park Government School, I must express my sincere gratitude for the assisting us in having our library fully established and operational.
Our students are now making scheduled visits to the library and making good use of the resources that you have made available to them. Many of the students are exhibiting keener interest in reading and I am quite sure that their literacy levels will be increased as time passes.
Teaching and learning activities have been improved since there are much more resources available to aid lesson delivery. Thank you once again for coming to our aid and we do anticipate your assistance in the future.
Yours in the interest of education,
Ms. Carol Miller
The principal, staff, students and parents of the Kingstown Preparatory School of St. Vincent and the Grenadines wish to thank Hands Across the seas for its generous donation of books. We have since then set up a library which students and teachers have found to be very beneficial. As a result of your contribution, our students' reading levels from Kindergarten to Grade 3 are improving; hence, our stake holders are excited about the books and other resources. These books will serve to help our student to develop and to gain mastery in their reading skills.
Mr. & Mrs. Tom and Harriet Linskey visited the library and they were quite satisfied with what they saw. we thank them for their encouragement and support.
Again thank you for you generous contribution we look forward to your continuous support.
The T. N. Kirnon Primary School in Antigua has been blessed tremendously through our association with Hands Across the Sea, Inc. Because of their generous donation of books to our school, our students eagerly visit the library every day to read a wide variety of books. For many of the students, this may be their only opportunity to access and enjoy quality literature of their own choice. Additionally, the enthusiastic student librarians who oversee the use of the books get excellent leadership training - a great idea from Hands Across the Sea. The Reading Room/Library staff look forward to visits from Lisa Tomlinson, the local representative, who offers support and encouragement. Thanks to Tom and Harriet Linskey, Lisa and Hands Across the Sea for their generosity!
The Nelvie N Gore Primary School, formerly the Willikies Primary School is ever grateful to Mrs Tomlinson and Hands Across the Sea for their commitment and dedication to reading at the school and by extension the entire community.
The donation of books and other reading materials as well as timely visits to the school has proven to be of great benefit to our students. Children are showing more interest in reading and a love of books as a result of the efforts of the Hands Across the Sea.
The excitement of the children on scheduled visits to the library as well as their voluntary visits is evident of the benefits of Hands Across the Sea, and a giant step to improving literacy at the school and in the community.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea! :)
The Principal, staff, students and parents of the Parham Primary school Antigua wish to say thank you to Mrs Lisa Tomlinson, Tom and Harriet Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea family for the timely, well needed and appreciated donation of reading materials.
The donation of books and other reading materials have opened a world of opportunities for our students. They are able to travel the world through reading, they have developed a love for books and reading which has enhanced their imaginative skills and in turn their writing abilities. Being able to borrow books from the library where students can read at their own leisure, and writing book reports have proven beneficial for both the students and the teachers.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea