Find 52 Thousand
THE ROAD TO READING NATIONAL RELAY
SAINT LUCIA July 3 – 7, 2017.
How far would you go to read?
I offer my sincere congratulations to all involved in “Find 52 Thousand: The Road to Reading National Relay”. You have drawn attention to the “road to reading” that leads our children, our communities and our nation to seek bigger dreams. You have shown us an extraordinary future can happen when we work together.
DAME PEARLETTE LOUISY
Governor General of St. Lucia
Some people will go to enormous lengths – just to get their hands on a book.
In St. Lucia, over 1,000 school children ran a relay of 198k and completed the first-ever circuit of their nation on foot. The bid was to show the world how stories carry readers – and nations – to new, unimaginable heights. That no one in St. Lucia had ever run the whole country – much less a cohort of kids – proves what filmmaker George Lucas once said about having a vision: “You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”
Richard Clewes and Sonya White of OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation (OWSH) organized an international team of volunteers, including two former Olympic athletes from St. Lucia, to led teams of ten students. Despite 40 degree heat and frequent downpours, runners covered every quarter of a small but hilly nation in five days.
In a unique gesture of solidarity, a number of schools in Ontario ran their own relays prior to the event. Their efforts raised $10,000 to develop school libraries. Special batons from Guelph Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, Haliburton Highlands and several other schools were brought to St. Lucia and carried by the children.
Find 52 Thousand increased awareness of OWSH’s book drives in Ontario schools and the “Rainforest of Reading” festival that bring Canadian authors and illustrators to meet over 11,000 students annually in St. Lucia. OWSH congratulates everyone who contributed to the success of our fundraising goal. You did it; you raised $52,000!
OWSH offers its congratulations to the children who will someday “run” St. Lucia. Literacy development will help them imagine a better future for their communities. Will you help connect small citizens to big dreams ?
A good story has the potential to inspire us to do more. To be more. Now, thanks to students in two widely separated nations, we may glimpse how a simple, shared activity can link us and lift everyone higher.
The world runs much better on literacy.