CEDAR GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL LIBRARY REOPENSWednesday 24th April 2013
Ecstatic Cedar Grove Primary School students witnessed the reopening of their school library on Friday, April 19. The $6000 library project was funded by the Sandals Foundation.
In her address to the audience – which included the Acting Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Gender Affairs, the Honourable Winston Williams Jr. – Anne Harewood George spoke on behalf of the Sandals Foundation at the opening ceremony and explained how the collaboration between individuals and organisations made the library a reality.
“From the talented artist who painted these murals to the contractor who built these bookshelves to Hands Across the Sea and the guests at Sandals Grande Antigua who donated hundreds of books, this initiative was certainly a team effort.
“It was done in the spirit of community because we recognise the importance of literacy to the development of our nation’s youth,” she asserted.
During his remarks, the Minister noted the significance of libraries in a highly technological era.
“I hope that students at Cedar Grove Primary School will learn to cherish reading because not only is it critical to their education, it is also a confidence booster and it facilitates invaluable leadership qualities that will enable them to succeed in life,” Williams Jr. commented.
Two years ago, the library was in complete disarray with old books, broken shelves and barren walls. It has now been transformed into a bright and airy environment with brand new reading materials, decorative artwork and enough seating for each class to have a weekly library period.
Cedar Grove Primary School Principal, Angella James expressed her gratitude to the Sandals Foundation and noted that the new library will be run by student librarians.
“I can assure you that this library will be well taken care of and my hope is for it to become the epicenter of learning at our school,” James said.
The Sandals Foundation has spearheaded a number of educational initiatives in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean; a popular one being the weekly Reading Road Trip. This ‘voluntourism’ trip enables guests from Sandals Grande Antigua and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts to tutor and read to children between the ages of five and seven at Cedar Grove Primary and Willikies Primary Schools, both of which have been adopted by the Sandals Foundation.
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