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Find 52: National Relays Raise over $72,ooo

National Relays in St. Lucia Raise Over $72,000

I’m constantly amazed how so many people are willing to go the distance!

Sonya White

GUELPH — February 24, 2019.
The last two years have seen many Ontario elementary and secondary schools, literacy advocates, running clubs, corporate sponsors, foundations, friends and supporters really take big steps for literacy development by supporting our National Relays in St. Lucia. All to help raise funds for the Rainforest of Reading Festivals for over 11,000 children in St. Lucia.

Find 52 Thousand: The National Road to Reading has raised over $72,000! And the total is growing already. Once again, schools like Centennial CVI is spearheading several fundraising events, including a feeder school outreach program for Pass the Baton this spring. OneWorld Schoolhouse co-director, Sonya White, says support from schools such as CCVI happens when teachers like Robin Todd, Head of English, and colleague Carrie Anne Milne, urge their school community to get involved. And getting involved in an understatement! Graduation Committee and Athletic Council members have clearly decided to make an impact. Check out some of the pictures from Author Day, the latest fundraiser hosted by CCVI on February 11, 2019.

Head of English, Robin Todd (CENTRE) with teachers from Rickson Ridge P.S. in Guelph.

Author, Eric Walters, strikes a pose with visiting students.

Author, Vikki Van Sickle meets a delighted reader during time for autographs and lunch.

Eager students happily wait in line to meet authors with pizza and baked goods.

From: Find 52
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.


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

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)

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

Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)

All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
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.

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.


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

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

Sir Tom Stoppard

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

Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)

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

Author (1810-1889)
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)

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

Author (1844-1924)

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

Poet (1934-2014)