MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA (September 19, 2016) -In a continuing effort to improve student literacy throughout the Caribbean, the Sandals Foundation announced today that it will again team with Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, to donate 25,000 children’s books to students across the islands of the Caribbean through the Sandals Foundation’s Reading Road Trip, an educational outreach programoperated by Island Routes Caribbean Adventures.
The Reading Road Trip, which officially re-started last Thursday, gives both Sandals and Beaches Resorts guests as well as those visiting The Islands, the opportunity to visit a locally supported school to offer literacy, comprehension and vocabulary support and to provide books to students during the school year. The program, operated by Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, is a weekly outreach program that operates every Thursday for a nominal fee and supports educational initiatives by the Sandals Foundation.
Last year, Scholastic Book Fairs and the Sandals Foundation donated 25,000 books to local schools in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, Nassau, Bahamas, Exuma, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Grenada and Barbados, and more than 16 schools and 1,775 visitors across the Caribbean participated in the Reading Road Trip program, which enriched more than 2,500 students.
Leah Robinson, Principal of New Winthorpes Primary School—one of the schools visited by the 2015/2016 programme in Antigua—said, “We were very excited to receive the book donations from Scholastic through the Sandals Foundation. At the time, we were in the process of creating a bigger library space for our students, so the donation was very timely. Although our school is small, we want to instill a love of reading in our students, and the first step is to have a comfortable place where they have access to a variety of great reads. I so want to thank the Sandals Foundation for thinking about our students at New Winthorpes.”
“Scholastic is delighted to work with the Sandals Foundation to provide access to new, quality books to thousands of students in the Caribbean,” said Larry Wissinger, Director of Business Development, Scholastic Book Fairs. “We hope to this donation will encourage a lifelong passion for reading and learning in all students, because we know that books open a world of possibilities for children everywhere.”