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Hands Across the Sea

Literacy Champion Spotlight



We live by the words, “The gift of literacy lasts a lifetime,” because we’ve witnessed how literacy can transform the life path of children in need. In the Eastern Caribbean, where most families are unable to afford books and schools are severely underfunded, we’ve shipped over 141,000 books to 291 schools, libraries, and reading programs, giving over 55,000 children access to literacy and a better life.

Since our start in 2007 we’ve been working hands-on in the Caribbean with principals, teachers, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers at local schools (from pre-school to high school), and from this this we’ve developed our three-step CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) program: 1. Send great new books; 2. Create vibrant borrowing libraries; 3. Foster sustainability through support from the school staff and local community.

One of our favorite bits of news about a Hands shipment reaching the islands came from a local parent helping to put together the library at tiny Bonne Terre Preparatory School on St. Lucia: “I’m having such a great time watching students check out the new books. I had one little boy ask me with very wide eyes, ‘You mean I am the very first person to read this book?’ Yep!!!”

Words like these, along with the joy and hope that great new books bring to Caribbean children, make this the most rewarding work we’ve ever done. – Harriet and Tom Linskey, Co-Founders, Hands Across the Sea

Read About Our Literacy Champion Spotlights

826 National >
Asia Foundation >
Academy of American Poets >
Book Trust >
Hands Across the Sea >
Lakota Pine Ridge >
LitWorld >
LitWorld’s LitCamps>
Milk + Bookies >
Pajama Program >
Paws for Healing >
Pencils of Promise >
Reach Incorporated >
Reach Out and Read >
Reading is Fundamental >
Storytime in Asia >
Toys for Tots >
Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy >
UCF Reading Camps >


Video messages to inspire
young readers:

Whoopi Goldberg         Amar'e Stoudemire
Sarah Jessica Parker     Henry Winkler
Keke Palmer                   Justin Tuck

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