Today I had the most amazing experience in Turks & Caicos. I took a “Reading Road Trip” with the Sandals Foundation to visit the Enid Capron Primary School, which is one of the Sandals Foundation’s adopted schools and home to 580 students.
The Sandals Foundation works to fulfill the promise of the Caribbean community through investment in sustainable projects in Education, Environment and Community which improve people’s lives and preserves our natural surroundings. Just a small slice of what the Sandals Foundation does each year is that they support thousands of students in educational facilities in the Caribbean community. They believe that education provides the greatest opportunities for positive change for individuals and our nations.
The school I visited today is one of the adopted schools that the Sandals Foundation supports through infrastructural upgrades, donations of much needed books and school supplies and through their weekly Reading Road Trip which aims at improving literacy, comprehension and vocabulary skills among the students.
When we arrived at the school, the students and teachers welcomed us with open arms. The kids were adorable and more than happy to listen as I read a few books to them. As the 1st graders asked questions and commented on the story, it made me miss my three little guys back home.
Not only did I have the amazing opportunity to read to two different 1st grade classes but also had the privilege to “teach” a short lesson on endangered species to two 3rd grade classes. Not being a teacher by trade (or truthfully being good at it at all!) the kids were great! They participated in the discussion on endangered species and were very supportive when I was a little nervous at first.
This wasn’t just a special, one-time thing that I was able to do today but an opportunity that anyone can participate in through the Sandals Foundation. If you visit one of the Sandals or Beaches properties in the Caribbean, I highly suggest you consider taking the Island Routes Reading Road Trip. Just make sure you remember to bring a stack of new or lightly used books for grade schoolers from home to help stock their library.
I was so excited to join the Sandals Foundation on their mission to improve literacy in the Caribbean that I had to bring you along.
For more information on the Sandals Foundation, visit their website at: SandalsFoundation.org
*Disclosure: I participated in this Reading Road trip as part of a press trip with Sandals. As always, all my thoughts, opinions and statements are my own.