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  • This project will reach generations of young readers and introduce them to a world of lifelong learning and discovery. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I commend the OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation, all of the participating schools and contributors to this worthwhile initiative. Your efforts will leave an enduring legacy.

    The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada

  • Being able to read and acquire knowledge through the availability of books widens the horizon, and gives license to young people to pursue their dreams. Learning opens up the world and the possibilities for the future. I commend the One World Schoolhouse Foundation for all it has achieved and for its commitment to expanding the minds of youth.

    The Honourable David C. Onley, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

  • Thank-you Rainforest of Reading for your support of literacy and for letting me be a part of it! Thanks to all the amazing sponsors. They made a big difference in these children’s lives – and in mine!

    Christina Leist, Author, Jack the Bear

  • Congratulations Richard! By all accounts, it appears to have been a wonderful success. May the Rainforest of Reading become an institution for years to come.

    Dan Bar-el, Author Pussycat, Pussycat Where Have You Been?

  • I must admit that my students are very excited about the activity and I hope by God’s graces it will inspire them to continue reading. Great initiative!

    Fond St. Jacques Primary School, St. Lucia

  • Looking forward to helping spread the word about One World Schoolhouse and getting good books to the children of Grenada! Much, much needed!

    Susanne Curry, Head of School, Grenada Montessori School

  • Literacy in Grenada is so important. Our literacy rate has been dropping over the years, so we have to ensure that our children have a good education and that they are exposed to reading and books. I had the pleasure of meeting Richard in the early stages. I really want to take the opportunity to congratulate the Rainforest of Reading. It is a very important initiative led by a group of wonderful people.

    Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Implementation, Grenada

  • We believe in the objectives of the Rainforest of Reading program. We have put in a lot of resources because we’re trying to address [illiteracy] at the foundation stage so that… we’re not dealing with it down the road.

    Roger Joseph, Corporate Communications Manager, LUCELEC

  • It was indeed a pleasure to be a part of the Rainforest of Reading Program and it was great to see firsthand how excited the kids were about the books and the program. I think it is a wonderful way of engaging kids and encouraging them to read. We are proud to be associated with this worthwhile venture.

    Marella Devaux, Group Marketing Manager, M&C Companies/Goddard Group

  • Rainforest of Reading is a good cause. Rainforest of Reading is focused on enhancing the literacy of our youth.

    Harriet Thornhill, Regional President, RBC Financial (Caribbean)

  • I think the event was great. Rainforest of Reading is a worthwhile program not just for the students but for St. Lucia, too.

    Sonia Knight, General Manager, RBC Saint Lucia/ RBTT

  • It is a pleasure for us to be associated with the Rainforest of Reading highly laudable initiative. Purified water and reading build healthy minds; OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation is a natural fit for us.

    Malcolm Burns, Managing Director, Blue Waters Saint Lucia

  • [Rainforest of Reading] promises to be exceedingly interactive for both teachers and students. It is our sincere wish that the festival be a marvelous success.

    Theresa Bowen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Grenada

  • I think it’s an exciting way of bringing reading home to our children. We cannot forget reading. It is the foundational pillar of the learning experience.

    Andrea Phillip, Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Grenada

  • Amazing work. That’s an incredible jump forward.

    Eric Walters, Author

  • On behalf of the people of Saint Lucia, I wish to congratulate the organizers and their sponsors for creating such a worthwhile program in our primary schools nationwide. We wish this venture every success.

    Hon. Michael Willius, Consul General of Saint Lucia

2015/16 Festival Sponsors & Friends

Each year, the contributions of several special people allow the Rainforest of Reading to take root and spread its canopy across the Eastern Caribbean. Thank-you.

In Saint Lucia: Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General; Lyton and Eroline Lamontagne at Fond Doux Estate; Ruffina Charles our Angel at the Ministry of Education; Walter François and the Soufrière Regional Development Foundation; Eddie Hazell and Lenora Scantlebury at West Indies Shipping; Sadia O’Neill and Anista Brown at Stonefield Estate; Orlando Satchel, Nigel Simon - and Leonise François, our extraordinary County Lead.

In Nevis: Wakely Daniel, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier; Mrs. Palsy Wilkin, Principal Education Officer; Ministry of Education staff: Londa Brown, Terres Dore, Laurence Richard; and consultant and author Cynthia Grenyion.

In Montserrat: The Governor of Montserrat, Her Excellency Elizabeth Carriere, OBE; Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Hon. Delmaude Ryan; Shan Murrell; Glenn Francis, Chief Education Officer and Zelma White, Education Officer; and the principals and teachers of Brades, Lookout, Lighthouse and St. Augustine’s schools.

In Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique: Kathy Ann Herrera, our amazing Country Lead.

In Canada: Jake Amso and Dana Dias at Freight Partners International; John Allen, St. Kitts & Nevis Honorary Consul; Eric Coffey at Splash Graphics; Sylvie Daigneault and Bruno; Claudia Davis Ewan, President of Council of Caribbean Associations; Kim Nelson and Royal Containers; Shelagh Paterson and Meredith Tutching at Ontario Library Association. Richard Ponsonby; Rick Thurston at Designlodge.

Our indispensable sponsors: Hatley Pyjamas and Jeremy Oldland; RBC Financial; Blue Waters Products; Roger Joseph at LUCELEC Trust and Liz Way President of Atec Marketing for her kind donation of jump ropes. Special thanks to Hon. Michael Willius, Saint Lucia Consul General to Canada, for his invaluable assistance and constant support.

And the students, staff, parents, Grade 3, 4 and 5 teachers, principals and District Education Officers throughout the Rainforest!