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

Rating: 5 stars  

I will like to say thank you to Hands Across the Sea and all the donors to this wonderful organization. About 14 years ago the Brighton Methodist School in St. Vincent had a project for a library but all we got was the space for the library that was equipped with couple shelves. The school had to source books and sadly what we got were books that were not child friendly, simply put they were outdated. The students were just not interested in going to the library. These students are mostly from low socioeconomic backgrounds where books are not a mainstay in the home. Thus, the students had almost nothing to practice the reading skills they were taught in the classroom. The only reading they did was in the classroom. Then, about three years ago Mrs. Pompey who works with the Hands Across the Sea organization in St. Vincent informed us that the organization wanted to refurbish the school's library. Honestly, I wasnt interesting in the project because of my love for reading I knew the sort of books the children should be reading but they didnt have access to and I thought that it was another sorting through more dump books project. However, I never regretted my decision to be involved in this project although it was a lot of work I must admit. The project opened my eyes to the wonderful world of this Library system ( yellow, blue, green and red tag books). My student Librarians and I learned a lot and we worked together along with the staff and the Hands Across the Sea organisation to create a child friendly world of reading for the students. When the library officially opened, our school was well on the way to creating a reading culture. The enthusiasm of the students made all the hard work well worth it. We had so many students showing up to the library that we had to create a schedule and library time was also timetabled for every class in the school. However, what was impressive about the Hands Across the Sea organisation was that they didnt give us the books and move on, they still monitored and required record keeping. Also, during the pandemic the organization played a vital role in ensuring that the students were still able to access books even if they were now in the digital format. So, I raise my invisible hat to this wonderful organization, including the donors) and I'm pleased to be associated with you.

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