Because of your continued and generous support, Reading Owls will create 4 new school libraries this year, and supplement a 5th with enough books to become a lending library for the first time. All of these schools are located on the western end of Jamaica, in areas with high levels of poverty and limited resources, allowing us to reach the most disadvantaged children. Additionally, 2 of the 5 schools are early childhood schools, underscoring our commitment to building a culture of reading as early as possible in order to positively impact literacy rates and stave off the unfortunate consequences of illiteracy.
The story of Esher Primary School, one of our recipients, illustrates the powerful impact of our work. Esher serves approximately 600 children ages 6-12 years old without access to a school library. Fortunately, Esher’s principal Anthonette Wright is deeply committed to bolstering the school’s reading programs, and has been instrumental in forging partnerships for the benefit of her school. In fact, this commitment is one of the key reasons why Reading Owls selected Esher to receive a donation of approximately 2,500 books, as well as a gift of shelves, bookcases and computer desks for their new library. (new and refurbished computers are being donated by two non-profit groups). The new library is scheduled to open on Thursday, December 1, with a grand opening ceremony to be attended by our founder Elaine Dickson.
By the close of 2016, Reading Owls will have touched over 4,400 students, their families and more than 15 different communities in Jamaica through donations of books and other learning resources, as well as investments in library infrastructure at several schools. Knowing that we have helped to instill a love of learning in so many children is humbling, and we are especially grateful to our supporters for making this work possible. We hope you share our pride in this accomplishment.
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