John and Darcy Dillon have been friends and supporters of Hands Across the Sea for many years. Traveling the Eastern Caribbean on their Sailing Vessel Kindred Spirit, the Dillons are dedicated volunteers who are always ready to roll up their sleeves in support of children’s literacy -especially when there is an opportunity to bring resources to communities.
This year, the Dillons set their attention to Bequia and Mayreau, two of the Grenadine Islands. Spanning seven square-miles, Bequia is the second largest of the Grenadine islands and home to just over 5,000 people. Head south to the smallest inhabitable Grenadine Island and you will reach Mayreau, home to about 270 people living together on less than a half of a square-mile.
Earlier this month, John and Darcy set sail for Bequia where they rendezvoused with Enna Bullock and Yvette Pompey, our SVG Literacy Links, to carry out this year’s book handovers at Evangelical Preschool and Glen’s Preschool.
At Glen’s Preschool, the team met with Ms. Glynis King, who has worked hard at creating an inviting and colorful space dedicated to the library for the children to enjoy, learn, and grow in.
“Like Dr Seuss, we at Glen’s Preschool believe that book reading and story time are an integral part of learning. It allows children to build their vocabulary, build on their imagination and learn about the world around them through pictures and words,” says Ms. Glynis King.
“We appreciate that you thought of our school and donated these thought-provoking books. The children are very excited to go through them on their own and also listen to them being read. It is our responsibility as educators to provide environments that are filled with opportunity for growth and development in literacy. These books will aid to that and we are very thankful for the donation.”
Check out this wonderful video the Dillons created during their time in Bequia: