You come to this country and you think you’re bringing all this stuff – but you realize what’s really happening is you’re learning from one another. We are forever changed by this week.
Author, The Stone Thrower
Become a volunteer. Do good with words at the March 2018 Rainforest of Reading Festival in St. Lucia.
See what families, adults and students are saying about being volunteers at the Rainforest of Reading. We’d love to hear from you so we can share all the details of our “travel with purpose” program from March 11 – 18, 2018 in St. Lucia.
Find 52: The Road to Reading 2018. Connecting Ontario and Caribbean kids through literacy.
When you put yourself in another person’s shoes, good things happen. In June 2017, several Ontario schools, including Haliburton Highlands and Centennial CVI in Guelph, supported our 5 day “Road to Reading” event for global literacy with relay races of their own. Students raised over $10,000. Eric Gillis, Canada’s three-time Olympic marathoner, came out to run with them! We took those batons to St. Lucia this summer where over a 1,000 students ran segments of a 198k relay – and made a complete circuit of their island nation. We’re doing it all again in 2018, so if your school would like to hold a fundraiser relay we’ll fill you in on all the details!
Would your school like to host a 2 week book drive and make a real difference?
We’re on the same page! Book drives are fun and easy to organize.
Here’s how book drives work and why we’re connecting schools in Canada with the Caribbean.
Identity and ambition. That’s the foundation of literacy.
Everything we do in the Eastern Caribbean – from student-led book donations in Ontario to reading festivals–supports a belief in the power of stories to pose answers to life’s greatest questions. All countries, great and small, need readers ready to create imaginative responses to the future we all share.
Driving change: Auto World Imports Network makes generous donation
Literacy is all about transporting readers through stories, enlarging our capacity to imagine, to be mobile thinkers – ready for whatever is down the road. So we were particularly gratified to accept a donation of $5,000 from our friends at AWIN Group of Dealerships. Thanks to Dr. Sylvester Chuang, Pauline Chuang and their staff and management for helping young readers in Ontario and St. Lucia. Thanks to you, we met our fundraising goal!
If you’re an individual with books to give away
We regret we’re not able to accept book donations outside of a school book drive. However, there are a number of groups who will: Goodwill Industries or Habitat for Humanity. If you have high school or university textbooks try Textbooks for Change and Canadian School Book Exchange.
Good With Words
We’re engaging young Canadians who’ve made a commitment to social responsibility. For donor schools, the experience promotes pro-social values like compassion, empathy, generosity. For recipient schools, book drives dramatically increase the inventory of literacy resources.
Our goal is to transform lives – locally and globally
The remarkable story of literacy renewal is told in the film below. You’ll meet 7,000 young Caribbean readers, their teachers and the Ontario student volunteers and Canadian storytellers who came to meet them.
Books can take you places you’ve never been. But you have to have books.
We operate in four small nations: St. Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat and Nevis. Here, natural disasters and a persistent recession have eliminated most school libraries. In Canada, there is an abundance of reading materials at home and school. Ontario libraries alone – and there are over 1,000 of them – receive 72 million in-person visits each year. Libraries circulate 131 million items. It’s this culture of reading that encourages us to connect kids from two distant worlds.
What we’re doing
Through our province-wide school book drive program, OWSH is engaging Ontario students who are taking action and improving literacy resources for their fellow students. To annual festivals in the Eastern Caribbean, authors and illustrators from Canada are bringing stories to life. Adult volunteers and their families are packing books in our Bolton Ontario warehouse while others eagerly assist at festivals in St. Lucia – at their own expense.
Why we’re doing it
What children’s stories do with immediate and considerable effect is engage the imagination. In a world that is constantly challenging and sometimes defeating, imagining what is possible may be the one essential tool for children in the developing world. Our indispensable supporters are helping the foundation to build a sustainable effort so students in the Caribbean will be ready for their future.
You or your school can create change. Imagine that!
As our Governor General, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston has said: “Let’s…demonstrate to the world what a smart and caring nation can look like in the 21st century.”
We invite you to join OneWorld Schoolhouse!