No Ordinary Journey
At the conclusion of the program, I had the distinct honor of cutting the ribbon to officially open the first-ever “Reading Owls International Library.” It was a moment in my life that I’ll never forget, watching the students run toward the newly constructed and brightly painted bookshelves, filled with over 2,800 books donated by Reading Owl’s supporters, to find new books to bring home and enjoy with their families. Another image I’ll treasure is watching a group of students buzzing around the new desktop computers, each taking turns clicking and exploring their new windows to the world!
The reality of this remarkable endeavor really struck home when the principal of a nearby school asked me if/how we could bring a similar library to her school. At that moment, I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment in knowing what Reading Owls had done for this community. Our library would serve not just Clifton, but also the six surrounding communities who do not have school libraries or a functioning public library. I left Clifton Primary that evening with great resolve to work harder upon my return so that we might help another deserving school in Jamaica in the not so distant future.
Back home, I shared this experience with my family and friends, especially the stories of the young children I met and the genuine sense of hope and gratefulness I felt at Clifton Primary. Now, I am sharing my story with you in the hope that you too might like to feel the same sense of purpose that I felt back in September. Please, ask us how you can help Reading Owls to continue fulfilling its mission of "creating readers for life." All it takes is a small gesture of kindness (donating a book, hosting an awareness event, making a donation) to change the lives of those in need.