Rotary distributes books to schools for literacy month

POSTED: 04/3/14 4:21 PM

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten marks Rotary Literacy Month by distributing children’s books to all local primary schools. Rotary International has observed Literacy Month each March since 1983 and each primary school will receive six copies of the Lizzy Lizard storybook by Robin Boasman, as well as copies of The Butterfly Book.

Boasman wrote Lizzy Lizard while attending teacher’s college at the University of St. Maarten as part of her coursework; it was published in mid-2013. Over 120 books will be distributed to both government subsidized, and non-subsidized primary schools. This distribution is made possible through the combined efforts of CIBC First Caribbean Bank and the Rotary Club of St. Maarten.

In addition, the Rotary will distribute 200 copies of The Butterfly Book, a compilation of 10 children’s stories, to all primary schools and to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. Children in the Caribbean who participated in the Rotary Literacy Story Competition wrote the Butterfly Book stories.

“We often take for granted that children will learn to read and further, that they have all the required material at school,” Rotary President Maria Buncamper-Molanus said in a press statement. “With this great group of volunteers, called Rotarians, and a seriously involved corporate sponsor, our club has been able to join forces with CIBC First Caribbean to double the distribution efforts and provide additional reading material to our primary school children.  This effort is extra-special because the books are Caribbean productions. In the case of the Lizzy Lizard book, there are recognizable iconic locations, such as the University of Sint Maarten, the Court House and many more. Congratulations to author Robin Boasman, I hope this is just the beginning of many books to come. I would also like to personally thank Rotarians, Marc Groeneveld, Jim Ferris, Fred van de Peijl and Geeta Khatnani for their participation in the presentation.”

“Reading enables us to further our education and make a myriad of improvements, including economic opportunity,” Buncamper added. “The Rotary Club of St. Maarten is proud to be part of the efforts of Rotary International, providing an opportunity for everyone to learn to read.”

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