Central to the library’s success is the Librarian, Miss Verlyn Hector, who in addition to encouraging students to read and borrow books, and helping teachers to utilize library resources in their lesson, has reached out to parents and community members to broaden the impact of the library. At Pares Primary School, reading success extends beyond the school and into the homes of the students.
ANTIGUA Honorable Mentions: Charlesworth T. Samuel John Hughes Primary School • Ottos Comprehensive Secondary School • T. N. Kirnon Primary School • Willikies Primary School
"The children have contributed greatly to our school's recovery," says Principal George. "They are so good! They love books and reading, and our Student Librarians have made the library a special part of the school." The newly-refurbished library, with jazzy paint and eye-catching book displays, is attracting students every day (each class is timetabled for library visits). Book borrowing is strong and steady. Hands Literacy Link Giselle Laurent has been hands-on with Christian Union Primary, helping to speed the recovery. School staffers Kizzy Charles and Vernella Henderson are fired-up promoters and sustainers of the library.
The school has come a long way since the hurricane, but there are still challenges to address—the loss of the standalone classroom block means that classes are being held in the cafeteria until the classroom is someday rebuilt. But if you visit Christian Union Primary School you'll find optimism and excitement. These are the comeback kids!
DOMINICA Honorable Mentions: Bense Primary School • Coulibistrie Primary School • Giraudel Primary School • Isaiah Thomas Secondary School • Newtown Primary School • Penville Primary School • Roosevelt Douglas Primary School • Woodford Hill Primary School