Bank of Nova Scotia officials and right, Principal of the Dominica Grammar School
Bank of Nova Scotia officials and right, Principal of the Dominica Grammar School

With their funding support of 318 new amazing books and a Remedial Reading Toolkit at Dominica Grammar School and 1,460 new books and literacy resources for Grand Bay Primary School, the Scotiabank Community Program has shown that Scotiabank strongly believes in the advancement of child literacy on Dominica.

Paula Harts, Country Manager of Scotiabank Dominica, said, "Scotiabank is proud to be empowering the youth of Dominica through this literacy partnership with Hands Across the Sea. For secondary school students there is no greater pathway to a bright future than the skills of literacy and so we are pleased to be championing this programme. The committed efforts of the Principal and staff at Dominica Grammar School and Grand Bay Primary School, despite severe challenges imposed by Hurricane Maria, have advanced their students' literacy and nurtured their love of books and reading."

Harts added that the donation shows Scotiabank's continued commitment to both Dominican children and the community.

"At Hands Across the Sea our mission is to give every child on Dominica access to a lending library of new, exciting, age-appropriate and culturally relevant reading material," says Harriet Linskey, Executive Director of Hands Across the Sea.

"The support from Scotiabank's Community Program has made the establishment of a lending library possible at Dominica Grammar School, and has also funded the continued development of the library at Grand Bay Primary School. We also thank Principal Alicia Jean-Jacques and HOD English Michael Augustine of Dominica Grammar, Principal Evans James of Grand Bay Primary, the Hands Across the Sea Literacy Link, Giselle Laurent, and the Dominica Ministry of Education for being such wonderful partners in education."