Education Department fights illiteracy by hosting territorywide book drives
Published: September 6, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Residents are being asked to donate books and other reading material to help fight illiteracy.
Education Department spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said the Education Department, in partnership with WTJX Channel 12 and the V.I. Literacy Council, is joining in "International Literacy Day" celebrations through early next week.
Until Sunday, the department, WTJX and the Literacy Council are sponsoring a series of book drives designed to collect as much reading material as possible for distribution during territorywide reading events planned for Monday.
Books, magazines or other reading materials are being collected during business hours at the Seaborne seaplane terminals on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and at the WTJX office across from the Richmond Post Office on St. Croix, Pancham said.
On Monday, book giveaway tables will be set up at the seaplane dock, Kmart West and WTJX on St. Croix; the seaplane dock, Alvaro de Lugo Post Office, Tutu Park Mall Kmart on St. Thomas; and at the Cruz Bay Post Office on St. John.
Monday's community events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Librarians in the territory's public schools will also be working with students on a range of "International Literacy Day" activities, including creating displays and organizing story-telling sessions, Pancham said.
International Literacy Day is observed annually on Sept. 8 and focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 774 million of the world's adults do not know how to read or write and nearly two-thirds of those are women. Roughly 123 million children lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education, according to the International Reading Association.
For more information visit the International Literacy Day website at www.reading.org/General/Conferences/InternationalLiteracyDay.aspx.
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