Bridgetown U.S. Embassy’s “Books in a Bag” Program Rolls in to St. Paul’s Primary

The U.S. Embassy’s new reading initiative rolled into the St. Paul’s Primary School yesterday as we brought the “Books in a Bag” program to Barbados.

The program includes a donation of a selection of the books from the 2011 American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books list, packed into wheeled duffel bags so the books are accessible and can easily circulate from class to class around a school.

St. Paul’s Primary School principal Sandra Small-Thompson (standing left), Embassy Political Officer David Lewis (standing second left) and Ministry of Education officer Christina Morris (standing at right) and students take a look at the new books at the Books in a Bag presentation on Wednesday.

The program’s launch, part of the Embassy’s education-focused activities in November to mark International Education Week, has already been rolled out in Antigua, St. Vincent and Dominica.

Political Officer David Lewis, who made the presentation on behalf of the Embassy, noted that the Embassy’s book donation programs have brought almost 3000 books to children and adults across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in the three years. He urged students to value the “power of education.”

We’ve been doing this because we believe in the importance and the power of education. Education has the ability to totally change someone’s life. One great example of that is our President Barack Obama. When he was a kid, he didn’t grow up in a big house or with lots of money. His dad wasn’t around and he was raised mostly by a single mother and his grandparents…. But education changed his life – it lifted him up to become many firsts – the first black president of the Harvard Law Review and eventually the first black president of the United States,” said Lewis.

Education Officer Christina Morris, who attended the presentation, said that the Ministry of Education had recommended St. Paul’s Primary for the initiative because of its dedication to literacy and reading programs.

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