Author: “Last Lights- The Hand-Wound Lighthouses of The Bahama Islands”
Historic lighthouses the world over are struggling. When no longer considered critical primary navigational aids, national governments see few reasons to maintain these anachronistic buildings or their systems. So it has now become essential for local communities themselves to find ways to raise the funds for maintaining nearby lighthouses before their structures succumb to the perpetual ravages of weather and time.
Hope Town is home to the ONLY remaining active lighthouse in the world that is both hand-cranked and kerosene burning, and the students at the Hope Town Primary School have joined the challenge to protect their beloved lightstation.
By writing and illustrating a fanciful yet factual story about their famous candy-striped lighthouse, the young students of grades 3 to 6 have created a children’s book to expose the rest of the world to its special and unique workings. All funds raised from purchases will go to their school and the lighthouse.
This book should charm any lighthouse supporter–a many layered story about a young school-aged lizard named “UP” and his friends who fill in for the lighthouse keeper only to realize that teamwork is necessary to ‘Keep The Light On’. Constructed during art classes which took place throughout the school year, this cooperative project brought the students together with volunteer teachers for the purpose of not only learning new skills, but also raising funds and awareness.
What truly makes this particular book so special is the artwork and writing all totally executed by the school students themselves. The whimsical and colorful drawings, paintings and collages which illustrate the very original storyline are as unique as they are inspiring.
The students of the Hope Town Primary School deserve a round of applause. By purchasing copies of their wonderful book we too can join UP’s community of friends and encourage a newly active generation of lighthouse supporters.