The Raise a Reader SLU book drive was launched at the end of January 2013 by the Celestial Self Development Centre.
To present the donations to the schools, Celestial Self Development Centre hosted a special ceremony at their offices at Sans Souci, Castries on May 22 at 10 am to award the books to the administrators, teachers and students of the eight beneficiary schools, including Kiddies Headstart, New Discovery, Precious Jewels Early Childhood Development Centre, St. Joseph’s Kindergarten, Sure Start Early Childhood Development Centre, Tiny hands, Wee First Early Childhood Development Centre, Mary Jane’s Care and Learning Centre.
The Centre said: “We all value the transformation nature of books and realize that introducing literature and a love of reading can produce powerful change in a child’s life. It is our goal to ensure that every child attending preschools in the Sans Souci area has the opportunity to cherish a book of their very own. And with the assistance of members of the public and especially Project Education based in New York, through Mr. Jeremiah Hyacinth, we are now able to fulfill that goal.
“We thank them for their generosity. We are indeed grateful to everyone who donated books to this initiative and take this opportunity to thank them. The project is ongoing as it is our intention to reach out to a wider cross section of preschoolers in other communities.”
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