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Review for Hands Across the Sea, Inc., Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Mt. Rose SDA Primary School

For a number of years, the Mt. Rose S.D.A Primary school did not have a functioning library. We had a room designated for the library but we had no books and there was much refurbishing to bring the room to a certain standard. Despite this challenge, we still established class libraries because we were aware of the importance of daily reading. Things were going well but there was not enough books and space to make the activities more interesting. In light of this, we approached an organization who donates Libraries to schools. A team came to look at our space but we did not meet the required standard for their donation so we had to seek alternatives.

We persevered and approached Hands Across the Sea with our need. They came and looked at our space and agreed to donate all the books. With such positive light, we decided to refurbish the space for ourselves. We got assistance from community and church members and was able to complete the work in a short space of time.

In October 2018, we had a grand opening of the library. A training session was held for the librarian and a schedule was given for every grade. The students were very excited to use the facility. Students started borrowing books on a daily basis. They were highly motivated to read because there was a wide variety of books to choose from based on reading levels and abilities. Students were always eager when it was their time to go to the library.
As a school, we monitor the activities in the library and we concluded that more students are reading at school, they are checking out books and reading levels are improving. We place a lot of emphasis on reading in our school because we believe that every child must leave our institution reading at a satisfactory level. We have been experiencing great success in reading since the renovation of our library and the donation of books by hands across the sea. Our students continue to compete in language competitions and gain victories.

Presently, the Courts OECS Reading Champion is our very own, Melody Garret. This student makes good use of her free time through reading. She reads a number of books weekly and is a frequent library user. She is also assigned as a student Librarian. We believe that we will continue to experience success in reading as we have more books at the school and a Library where students can be engaged in independent reading as well as group activities.
We are very grateful to “Hands Across the Sea” for their generous donation.

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