Sunshine League’s Gift of Literacy

December 23, 2010

1gift_of_literacy_005The Sunshine League received the gift of literacy today (Dec. 23) from the Bermuda Reading Association.

The Reading Association spearheaded a special appeal on behalf of the Pembroke children’s home this Christmas season,  encouraging the community to not lose sight of the most valuable gift they can give to youngsters — books.

Members of the Reading Association placed gift-wrapped drop-off boxes in four of Bermuda’s most popular book stores — People’s Pharmacy, True Reflections, Brown & Co.’s Bookmart and the Bermuda Bookstore — asking patrons to purchase a book for donation and then deposit it in the gift box.

The campaign proved highly successful and today Sunshine League director Denise Carey (middle) was presented with the donated books by Reading Association president Darnell Wynn (above left) and vice-president Rebecca Van Homan.

The books will be added to the home’s borrowing library to assist volunteers and tutors by providing an array of good literature that both the adults and children will enjoy.

Anyone interested in helping the Bermuda Reading Association can contact the group at

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  1. Thank you for such lovely and timely coverage.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Darnell Wynn
    Bermuda Reading Association

  2. Congratulations to the Bermuda Reading Association for supporting this books as presents opportunity. Too many people don’t realize that children from low-income families rarely own books of their own. Because of this they rarely read outside of the school building. Our research has shown that simply providing poor children with free books during summer vacation periods produces as much gain in reading achievement as send those children to summer school for 6 to 8 weeks. Additionally, providing these free books costs less than 1/20th of cost of summer school. I hope the BRA continues this effort every Xmas and perhaps even expands the effort to include summer reading books.