Joyce Riviere and Jason Mortimer of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) took great pleasure in presenting boxes of books to the students of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) on Dec. 5. In her remarks, Riviere acknowledged that the books would benefit students and she assured that they would get full usage out of them.
Sharing the history of the donation, she said that Nancy McDonald, the founder of Read Bahamas, which is a non-profit organization, solicits books and donates to every possible government school throughout The Bahamas. She explained that Nancy is the wife of the former vice president of RBC Caribbean Mr. Ross McDonald, and that she solicits books from her home country of Canada.
This year, Mrs. McDonald solicited 30 pallets of books. She kindly forwarded 30 of those boxes to Abaco under the guidance of Education District Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black, to ensure that students who need them would receive them.
“All the best and enjoy the books!” Riviere exclaimed. “We say we travel the world through reading, you improve your writing skills through reading, you improve your speech through reading, and so we are pleased to partner with Central Abaco Primary School in assisting our students in becoming better, more improved students.”
Overjoyed, Principal Beatrice Moxey expressed her gratitude to Nancy McDonald and RBC for considering CAPS in such a vast donation and she said that the books will be put to good use throughout the classrooms.
Dr. Black added that not only CAPS would benefit from the donation, but that the Department of Education would also seek to include others schools throughout the district wherever there is a need. So far, though, she said that the schools are pretty well stocked because they received a generous supply of books from Mother Cynthia Pratt earlier in the year as well.
“We know that good readers become excellent leaders, don’t we students? Yes!” Dr. Black emphasized.