When Hands Across the Sea donated the first boxes of books, the whole school was excited at the gifts. The children who helped the Peace Corps volunteer enjoyed unpacking, carrying, stamping, coding and labelling the books. They could not get enough of the smell, look, feel and content of these gems. They could often be found lost in a book while stacking them onto the shelves. The library was uplifted and became an interesting place for the children and parents. Hands Across the Sea sent another set of books and even art supplies which both the staff and children enjoyed using to make cards, masks, collages, posters and charts across the curriculum. With these new additions, our school library keeps being an exciting place for visitors to the school. All the donations were timely and extremely useful.
I am the literacy coordinator at the St.Joseph's Convent Grenville in the parish of St. Andrew. We are an all girls secondary school. I was extremely happy when Hands Across the Sea donated a few boxes of books to our school. The students were very happy to have been afforded the opportunity and exposure to these books. The library really needed books of that type which were the choice of the students. This has aroused their interest and motivation to read. We were also grateful for the presence of representatives from Hands Across the Sea who visited our school's library and gave us valuable suggestions as to the way we present and shelve the books in the library.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea for helping to motivate our girls and to raise the literacy level at our school.
Hands Across the Seas has been a life saver for our school's library. My name is E Jonah Greene. I am the Principal of the Clare Hall Secondary School on the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda. Clare Hall is a co-ed high school with an enrollment of 829 students. Our library was inactive for many years. However, as an educator, I am of the firm belief that no institution of learning should be without a school library - a place where students could read and explore new adventures. Despite the advancements in technology, I still believe that one of the most beautiful image an educator could envision is a child wrapped up inside a book. Hands across the seas helped us to get back on track as far as reading is concerned. I fully endorse this charity as I have seen the benefits of their hard work first hand.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea!!!
E Jonah Greene
Hands Across the Ses has made a tremendous difference in the quality of our school library at Willikies Primary School in Antigua, and I through their donation of books have greatly improve our ability to endeavor to get all our students up to an acceptable standard of literary. Thank you, continue to make a difference in the lives of students all over the world.
Hands Across the Sea was very instrumental in the re-introduction of the school library at the Villa Primary School. This project was started under the leadership of a former principal Mrs. Angella James and a former Peace Corp volunteer Miss Ina Howe. When appointed as the new principal of the school, the project was near completion, the library was officially opened and with our student librarian programme we were the first primary school on island to have a 'lending' library. This initiative helped the school to win a further $1000,00 prize from this non-profit organisation.
Although I am now retired, and no longer at the school, I can truly say that with the help of this wonderful organisation the Villa School library is thriving and is of an invaluable benefit to the students and faculty there.
Mrs. B. Jarvis
Hands across the Sea is a God sent!! We received a donation of books from this wonderful organization at the St. John's Catholic Primary School in Antigua and were therefore able to official start a school library!!
This donation has proven beneficial to the teachers and most importantly the students. The work done by Hands Across the Sea has proven very meaningful. We are truly grateful and hope to continue working with Hands in the future!!
Great work Harriette & John. Thank you :)
My school, The Stephanie Browne Primary, has been visited by Hariette and John Linsky of hands Across the Seas in Union Island , St.Vincent and The Grenadines since 2005. Since then we have received donations of books and school supplies from hands.
It is great to have donations of supplies and heartwarming when those who donate visit us. Great job Harriette and John.
As the Teacher Librarian at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School, Nevis West Indies words cannot express my thanks to Hands Across the Sea (New Bedford, MA) for their help in assisting our school achieve its goal of having a State of the Art Library on the island. There contribution of books, cds and posters over the past five (5) years has greatly benifited our school, students are elatated to visit the library and read the books we have received. This year we were presented with the, "Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award 2013," this far exceeded our expectation. The pricipal,teachers,students and myself will continue to pray for the members and supporters of Hands Across the Sea that God will continue to bless them, as they assist not only our school but extent their love to others in the caribbean and the island of Nevis.
Hands Across The Sea has helped us at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School on Nevis West Indies for the past five and a half (5 1/2) years in a very positive way. Not only for the students but also for the teachers as well. We appreciate all that you have done and we do hope to continue partnering with you in the future. Thank you very much. You are doing an excellent job. Continue helping and shaping the minds of our youth.
School libraries in St. Kitts-Nevis have been at the implementation stage for more than five years. Undoubtedly, one of the challenges faced by these schools, including Saddlers Secondary School, is that of lack of funding which is needed for the acquisition of information resources. Saddlers Secondary School was officially opened in May of this year with a collection of less than 800 to serve approximately 205 students. Shortly after, I learnt of Hands Across the Sea when the school was invited by the organization to apply for the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Grant (which was secured in the form of over 400 books). Since then, through the Hands Across the Sea Website, I have familiarized myself with the goals of and the invaluable work done by this organization. Indeed, I am impressed! Accordingly, I am thrilled to add to the commendation of this non-profit organization for its outstanding work in helping to ultimately raise not only the literacy levels of our students at the Saddlers Secondary School, but also that of a significant number of students and adults throughout the Caribbean. Well done Harriet and Tom Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea team! (Librarian, Saddlers Secondary School)