The U.S. Embassy’s celebrated reading initiative “Books in a Bag” is now in effect at the Vide Boutielle Primary School which recently received dozens of award-winning American children’s books as part of the program.
Books in a Bag includes a donation of a selection of the books from the 2012 American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books list, packed into a wheeled duffel bag so the books are accessible and can be easily circulated from class to class around a school.
The program started in 2011 and has made its way to primary schools across the Eastern Caribbean, adding to the thousands of books which the Embassy has donated to schools across the Eastern Caribbean in recent years.
Beverley Dieudonne, principal of the Camille Henry Memorial School which was the first in St. Lucia to benefit from the program said it had been immensely popular.
“The Books- In-A-Bag program has benefited students as well as teachers! Students have been more eager to read which has allowed for more interactive classes and more expression during oral presentations and essay writing. We are going to be looking at ways in which we can continue to circulate the books so that even more students will share in this enjoyment and experience,” said Dieudonne.
The donation at the Vide Boutielle Primary School was the 11th Books in a Bag donation in the region.