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Meet Easton: Reading Owls founder and skillful forklift driver


"Finding the time to help shape the future of Reading Owls while working as a busy executive at Bain & Company, one of the world's leading management consultant firms, is not an easy task. Then, there is my beloved wife and kids," Easton adds, while chuckling. Yet, for someone like Easton who grew up in abject poverty, he knows the importance of giving back. This singular focus has forced him to create firm boundaries so he can focus his energies on the things that matter most to him. Helping to lead Reading Owls, a nonprofit on a mission to promote education and equity in Jamaica by providing access to books, is the most pressing issue for him.


"One of the best experiences in life is to see my kids completely lost in a book of their choosing, curled up or sitting in a warm, comfortable spot, enjoying a gripping story and expanding their knowledge of the world," says Easton. "Even as an adult, I am amazed and thrilled at the books that flow through Reading Owls to our recipient schools. There is such a vast array of stories, from the timeless classics to exciting modern stories, spanning a breathtaking range of cultures. The engrossing story lines are complemented by some of the most creative and beautiful artwork I’ve ever seen. I am delighted that we are privileged to be able to source these gems, and energize the eyes, imaginations and lives of kids when we open a lending library."


"I want that joy for all kids, especially the ones that are usually deprived due to socioeconomic disadvanta