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Find 52: St. Lucia: 2017

No matter who you are or where you live, the world runs on literacy. From Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7, thousands of St. Lucians – including students, parents and teachers – took enormous steps to improve their future by participating in a 198KM relay. The relay is a fundraiser benefitting literacy development in the Eastern Caribbean. Find 52 Thousand: The Road to Reading National Relay linked St. Lucia in a ro...

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Festival Diary: Rainforest of Reading 2017 in St. Lucia.

KIKIMA, KENYA: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017. Happy Birthday from St. Lucia to East Africa. We have a unique logistics issue. It involves a few birthday cards that cannot be mailed. Many of 10,000 students in St. Lucia taking part in the festival just finished Today is the Day by Eric Walters. It’s the story of a Kenyan orphanage that holds a huge birthday party every year on...

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Chase the Coyote

ADVENTURES IN FUNDRAISING: ON TRACK BUT OFF ROAD MONO CENTRE — September 24, 2016 By Richard Clewes Sometimes the road to reading isn’t a road at all. On possibly the last brilliant day of the summer 500 runners set out to have fun and raise funds at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. Their goal was to complete one of three courses over beautiful but hilly terrain. Ours was to promote awarenes...

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And the Winner in Montserrat is....
Marlaina White (Left) announces the Second Annual Rainforest of Reading Award to Illustrator Jan Dolby (Middle) and Author Joyce Grant for "Gabby."

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross...that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever.


Start some kind words on its travels. There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865-1940)

All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The future is always beginning now. Each moment is a place you've never been.

Poet (1934-2014)

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

Author (1844-1924)

Life is too deep for words so don't try to describe it, just live it.

C. S. Lewis
Author, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

If you believe what you can, quite literally, believe anything.

Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)
It's a long story
Books packed by kids in Ontario for their peers in the Caribbean travel 1,800 kilometres by road then another 5,275 kilometres by container ship.

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

Author (1810-1889)

Reading brings us unknown friends.

Novelist (1799-1850)
Challenging literacy development
Although English is the official language of St. Lucia, Krewyol is spoken as much or more outside the classroom.

I read. I travel. I become.

St. Lucian author & 1992 Nobel Laureate

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)
Find 52: The Road to Reading in Grenada
In February 2015, Richard ran right around Grenada, a distance of 52 miles. 52 "Mile Captains" raised $40,000.

If we want to make this world a better place, then we have to become better ourselves. There is no easy route.

Out of this world
After reading "Postcards from Outer Space' a student in Montserrat is inspired to be the next Chris Hadfield.

Too many people grow up. That's the trouble with the world.


If you get the right [words] in the right order, you might nudge the world a little.

Sir Tom Stoppard